St George's Memorial Church, Ypres
A visit to "Wipers" would not be complete without visiting this most wonderful memorial church applicable to the nations of the British Empire, the later Commonwealth and its allies who fought in and around the town during two world wars.
Please consult the above church website before visiting:
St George's Memorial Church on top of its normal Sunday service calendar also plays host to many commemoration events throughout the year under the administration and care of former RAF Squadron Leader, Chaplain Reverend Brian Llewellyn
Below are a few images applicable to the dedication & blessing service of the brand new TANK MEMORIAL YPRES SALIENT Standard, gifted by the
ROYAL TANK REGIMENT ASSOCIATION Nottingham Branch and inaugurated in 2013.
Thank you Revd Brian for all you do on behalf of all who commemorate those who fought and fell at "Wipers" and beyond during two world wars. LEST WE FORGET.
Revd Brian Llewellyn blesses the brand new TMYS Standard before it's initial public outing underneath the Menin Gate Memorial during the famous 8pm Last Post Ceremony.
In conjunction with St George's Memorial Church, Ypres:
BATTLEFIELD PILGRIMAGE ON BEHALF OF VISITING ANGLICAN ARCH DEACONS
After being recommended by Revd Brian Llewellyn on behalf of St George's Memorial Church, Milena and myself were delighted to be asked to arrange and execute a battlefield pilgrimage on behalf of a visiting group of Anglican Arch Deacons who were to attend a pre-arranged service in St George's Memorial Church and an inclusion within the famous Last Post Ceremony.
Their battlefield pilgrimage request had come via Revd Brian and we consider this a great honour to have been tasked with this privilege.
Included within their itinerary was to walk in the footsteps of
Chaplain Edward Noel Mellish VC and Chaplain Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy MC, otherwise fondly known as "Woodbine Willie".
Arch Deacon Ian recited a famous Kennedy poem called "His mate" on the very ridge where the gallant Chaplain won his Military Cross. Later in the day he placed a poppy tribute on behalf of his group in Tyne Cot CWGC cemetery.
It was a most respectful pilgrimage and I for one learned much from this group of learned ministers who all clearly had no less faith than the two gallant chaplains who we had the good fortune to study and walk in their footsteps. Lest We Forget.