Carshalton War Memorial

Their Name Liveth Forevermore

WW2

The main war memorial primarily lists the names of local men who fell in the First World War, but until now has also been a memorial to those who died in the Second World War, both servicemen and civilians.

Since 2010 there has been a campaign to add the names of the fallen from the Second World War to the memorial, led by the local Carshalton & Clockhouse committee. It hit various setbacks along the way but a new memorial dedicated to the Second World War casualties was completed in 2014. It sits in the Garden of Remembrance:

The Garden of Remembrance was dedicated to all the local people who died (military and civilian) in a ceremony on 9th September 1951, and an associated Book of Remembrance is on display in Westcroft library.

Below is the transcript of the dedication service:

CARSHALTON WAR MEMORIAL
(1939-1945)

DEDICATION SERVICE
of the

GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE

IN

THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE
HONEYWOOD WALK, CARSHALTON

SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER, 1951

AT 3P.M.

(In the event of wet weather the Service
will be held in the Public Hall, Carshalton)
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ORDER OF SERVICE

HYMN – Let saints on earth in concert sing

Brethren, more than six years ago our prayers for victory and peace were heard and answered, and we met together to thank God for His mercies to us. Today we meet again to honour the memory of our loved ones who laid down their lives, and to set up as a memorial of their heroic sacrifice this Garden of Remembrance, with a prayer that it may prove to us for whom they died, and to generations yet unborn, an inspiration to like readiness for service in the cause of truth and righteousness. Today we are commemorating those whose lives were not ended in the ordinary course of nature, but by the cruel stroke of a war which was the most tragic yet experienced by mankind. Knowing the heroism of our fighting men, how uncomplainingly they took up the burden laid upon their generation, we take comfort and hope from our Lord’s words, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Let us, therefore, dedicate ourselves afresh to God’s service, and pray that He will grant to us and all people the blessings of peace.
 
HYMN – Through the night of doubt and sorrow

THE UNVEILING OF THE PLINTH OF REMEMBRANCE

The Chairman of the Carshalton Urban District Council
(Councillor Major H.J.Wells, MC, JP, CC)

will unveil the Plinth of Remembrance in Honoured Memory of our heroic dead

THE DEDICATION OF THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE
The Right Rev. The Lord Bishop of Woolwich, MA
Will dedicate the Garden of Remembrance
 
In the faith of Jesus Christ I dedicate this Garden of Remembrance to the Glory of God and in the Memory of His servants whose names are inscribed in this Book, who loving not their own lives, laid them down for King and Country in the Great War of 1939-1945. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
(Here let the people say: Amen)
 
“THE LAST POST”

THE EXHORTATION
to be said by
CANON J.W. CRAUFURD MURRAY
Rural Dean of Beddington
 
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
    From “For the Fallen” – Lawrence Binyon
 
RESPONSE

We will remember them.
A silence will be observed for the space of two minutes.

“THE REVEILLE”

PRAYERS
to be said by
CANON J.W. CRAUFURD MURRAY
Rural Dean of Beddington

Let us pray
Lord, have mercy upon us,
Christ, have mercy upon us,
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father…Amen

O Heavenly Father, we bless Thy Holy Name for the memory of our brothers and sisters who fell in the Great War; do Thou, we pray Thee, crown the gift of their matchless courage with the gift of eternal peace, and grant that we, encouraged by their example and strengthened by their fellowship, may with them be found meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the Saints in Light; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Remember, O Lord, for good all those, the brave and true, who have died the death of honour and are departed hence in the hope of resurrection to eternal life, especially thy servants who we remember today. Regard their loyalty and devotion; forgive their frailties and sins: give them rest and peace: and grant that, mindful of their sufferings, the people of the world may forsake violence and injustice and live together in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that we who do honour to the memory of those who have died for us may be filled with the spirit of their love and courage; so that, forgetting all selfish and unworthy aims, we may live together to the glory of Thy Name, and in the service of our fellow-men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Have compassion, O merciful Lord, on all who are mourning for those dear to them, and upon all who are lonely and desolate. Be Thou their Comforter and Friend; give them such earthly solace as Thou seest to be best for them; and bringing them to the fuller knowledge of Thy love, do Thou wipe away all their tears, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN – Jesus, lover of my soul

THE LESSON
to be read by
G.G.G. FRANCIS
Chairman of the War Memorial Committee

Romans 8, 31-39

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

(LIST OF NAMES)

HYMN – For all the saints who from their labours rest

ADDRESS
by
The Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Woolwich, MA    

(HYMN – Jerusalem)

Mr G.G.G. Francis,
Chairman of the Carshalton War Memorial Committee, will formally hand over the guardianship of the Garden of Remembrance to Councillor Major H.J. Wells, MC, JP, CC, who will accept the Memorial on behalf of the Carshalton Urban District Council for its future safe keeping.

THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

THE BLESSING
 

However, as with the memorial itself, there are many who are not commemorated in the dedication service booklet and probably not in the book of remembrance itself. A list of all the names listed in the dedication service booklet can be seen here. Additional names who are not in this booklet can be seen here (please note both these links take you to another site). Neither of these lists has yet been cross referenced with the Book of Remembrance. [NB these lists of names do not reflect the list of names added to the new memorial as there are some differences]

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