Bishop speaks about peace and reconciliation in Europe

The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Rev Paul Bayes led worship at Alsop High School and Walton Parish Church to commemorate the 30 young men from Walton who gave their lives during the Battle of the Somme. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden and DCC Andy Cooke QPM, along with young people, laid wreaths of poppies to remember those who fell at the Somme on 1st July 1916

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 of Liverpool addresses young people at Alsop High School about learning lessons from the past.

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

please contact: office@alsophighschool.org.uk or visit www.alsophighschool.org.uk

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