On Monday 12th November at 6 pm we will be holding a special service of remembrance at Canadian Corner – the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in All Saints’ churchyard.
This is in conjunction with the Shorncliffe Trust, which was set up to preserve the old military camp near Folkestone dating from to Napoleonic times. Under Sir John Moore it was the basis of the modern British Army. The Canadians were billeted there in WW1 and had two military hospitals plus a large cemetery there.
Members of the Trust are travelling to Mons in Belgium where there is a large WW1 cemetery and monument. Lanterns will be lit during a ceremony here and used to light smaller lanterns to be placed beside the headstones of the graves of the first and last British and Canadian soldiers to die in WW1. The Trust is having two lanterns, “Maple” and “Tommy”, lit and they will be travelling, lighted, back to the UK where candles will be lit at the headstones of the military graves on Remembrance Day/Armistice Day, in the Shorncliffe Military Cemetery. The two lanterns will remain alight and be brought to Canadian Corner in Orpington on Monday 12th. November.
Candles will be lit from the lanterns during a short service attended by the Mayor of Bromley together with the Mayor of Thunder Bay in Canada, whose delegation are here to sign a Friendship Agreement with the borough of Bromley. The service will include short addresses by Chris Shaw (Shorncliffe Trust), and the two Mayors. The service will be lead by The Rev’d Canon Tim Mercer and Pam Mercer.
The ceremony will start at 6.00 pm and we hope that people will be able attend this last event to commemorate the Armistice which brought WW1 to an end.
Our grateful thanks go to Chris Shaw and the Shorncliffe Trust for including us in their commemorations as a gift to the church. Further information on the Shorncliffe Trust and the “Light in the Darkest Hour” commemorations can be found here.