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Bishop Paul stood alongside Bishop Tom Williams to remember the “Walton Pals.” Together they spoke about how their grandfathers had joined up to fight during World War One.
During the services Bishop Paul spoke about those who were killed in action and the families which were shattered through warfare. Bishop Paul and Bishop Tom prayed that God will heal all memories, speak a word of peace, and bring healing.
The worship included an Act of Commitment. Young and old promised to work for peace, heal the wounds of war and work for a just future for all humanity.
Bishop Paul reminded students that we need to learn from History and the tragedy of war to build a better future. He spoke about how we live in uncertain times and we must work together to build a just and caring society. Bishop Paul urged young people to reach out, make friends and work for peace in Europe.
Local schoolchildren from Alsop and Pinehurst Primary School led a tribute to a local “hero”, Private Percy Tucker who volunteered to join the Liverpool Kings Regiment. The “Walton Pals” battalion included a group of friends who were members of the Walton Church Young Men’s Bible Study Class. They joined together, fought together and unfortunately died together. Musical items included “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Hope.” School children from Pinehurst Primary School sung “We Will Remember”, a modern song written by the late Mike Stanley.
During the worship Bishop Paul re-dedicated a small silver chalice used for midweek communion services which is inscribed in memory of Percy Tucker. A brass lectern commemorates the names of thirty members of the Young Men’s Bible Class who had perished during World War One.
Mr Joe Mangan, Headteacher comments
“We were delighted to welcome Bishop Paul and Bishop Tom. Together they powerfully paid tribute to their relatives who served King and Country during World War One”
Peter Bull Co-ordinator of HOPE 2016 comments:
“The story of the Walton Pals helped young people to reflect upon and connect with history. This was a poignant visit and young people made a commitment to continue to work for peace and reconciliation in Europe”
During 2016 Alsop has worked with partner primary schools and Walton Group of Churches to facilitate a festival to tell stories of hope to both school and community. Inspirational speakers have brought stories of hope in the face of many obstacles and social injustice.
For more information about the Somme commemoration event in
List of Walton “Pals”
Alfred BABIN Harold BILLYARD
Ronald H BLORE Arthur CAPPER
Frank CAPPER George CLARE
Joseph COOKE Albert DODD
Horrace ELLIOT Harry GLOVER
William GROCOTT Edward HODGSON
Thomas HOSE Bertie JONES
Stanley LAWTON Stanley LEACH
Thomas MACAULEY George MINSHULL
Edgar MORRIS Arthur MUSKER
Philip PINDER John U PRICE
Douglas S RAY Arthur SHEARD
Percy Tom SIMPSON John Bertrum SMALL
Elimelech THORNTON Percy J TUCKER
Joseph WOOLFINDEN George WRIGHT