Mathern Bellringers mark centenary of WW1

Mathern Bellringers are marking the centenary of the First World War with a series of Quarter Peals. The first of these was to mark the start, on 4th August 1914.

Details are:

Monday 4 August 2014 in 43 minutes
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Sally Utting
2 Monnica Williams
3 Dudley Surman
4 Andrew J Mead (C)
5 Alex Osley
6 Tony Utting
Rung prior to the service at the Village War Memorial to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The second was to commemorate the first Mathern man to be killed in the war, close to the centenary of his death:

Sunday 24 August 2014 in 42 minutes
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Monnica Williams
2 Dudley Surman
3 Sally Utting
4 Andrew J Mead (C)
5 Alex Osley
6 Tony Utting

World War 1 Memorial Quarter
For Sapper Albert Warlow, R.E. died 26th August 1914 aged 28. Now buried in Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck, Belgium.

These were followed by:

Sunday, 21 September 2014 in 45 min
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Monnica Williams
2 Sally Utting
3 Dudley Surman (C)
4 Alex Osley
5 David Nicholson
6 Tony Utting
World War 1 Memorial Quarter
For Private Robert Arnold of Royal Marine Light Infantry who drowned with 526 other men when HMS Aboukir was sunk by the enemy in the North Sea on 22 September 1914. His home was in Mathern.

Thursday, 28 May 2015 in 42 mins
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Monnica Williams
2 Sally Utting
3 Andrew Mead (C)
4 Sam Bolingbroke
5 Alex Osley
6 Tony Utting
WWI commemoration and in memory of Captain Claude Wilfred Stanton and Rifleman Ernest Edmund George Prickett both of Monmouthshire Regiment, killed on 8th May 1915. Both commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Thursday 14 April 2016 in 42ins
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Monnica Williams
2 Sam Kellaway
3 Dudley Surman
4 Pip Penney
5 Andrew J Mead (C)
6 Leighton Cooke
World War One Memorial Quarter. For Samuel Percy Closs, Private 18544, “D” Company, 6th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Son of John Maynard Closs (Builder) and Elizabeth Closs, of Mathern. Died 9th April 1916 aged 21 in Mesopotamia. Commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. Maynard Closs rang in the first two peals on these bells in 1902 Also Wyndham Henry Huggett, Second Lieutenant, 4th Bn. attd. 10th Bn South Wales Borders. Son of John and Elizabeth Huggett of Ifton Hill Farm. Died 24th April 1916 and buried at La Gorgue Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.

Sunday 5 June 2016 in 43mins
1260 Grandsire Doubles
60, 3 x 240, 4 x 120
1 Monnica Williams
2 Dudley Surman
3 Sam Kellaway
4 Andrew J Mead (C)
5 Alex Osley
6 Tony Utting
WW1 memorial quarter for Private Albert E Grimmer, 22270, Norfolk Regiment. Died on 4th June 1916 aged 20. Son of Walter and Georgiana Grimmer. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France.

Sunday, 31 July 2016 in 43 mins
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Monnica Williams
2 Dudley Surman
3 Sally Utting
4 Andrew J Mead (C)
5 Alex Osley
6 Tony Utting
WW1 Memorial quarter for Private Reginald Davis 14308, 5th Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Son of Robert and Emma Davis (Baker & Grocer of Mathern) Died 30th July 1916 aged 20. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Rung prior to 5th Sunday Group Eucharist.

Sunday 16 October 2016 in 41mins
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Monnica Williams
2 Heather Pickford
3 Sally Utting
4 Andrew Mead
5 Christopher Pickford (C)
6 Dudley Surman
WW1 Memorial quarter for Private Christopher John Luckett, Welsh Regiment, Killed in action 9th October1916 and buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen in France. Also remembering Heather’s Great Uncle, Samuel Percy Closs whose memorial quarter prompted her contact with Mathern tower.

Saturday, 12 November 2016 in 44 mins
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Sally Utting
2 Rebecca Utting-Bateson
3 Monnica Williams
4 Alex Osley
5 Dudley Surman (C)
6 Tony Utting
Rung as the local singing group performed “Memorial Ground” at the Mathern War Memorial commemorating the centenary of the end of the Battle of the Somme. This piece, by Gloucestershire poet Ivor Gurney was set for the occasion to the tune of the Last Post. The event, in which the singers performed at several memorials, was supported by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Sunday, 15 October 2017 in 42mins
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Dudley Surman
2 Leighton Cooke
3 Sally Utting
4 Andrew J Mead (C)
5 Alex Osley
6 Tony Utting
WWI quarter in memory of Sydney John Jones; Private 352638, 2nd/9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 9th October 1917 aged 20. Son of William and Laura Jones, of 94, Brecon Rd, Hirwaun, Aberdare. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium for the missing in Belgian Flanders.

Sunday, 22 April 2018 in 43mins
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Sally Utting
2 Dudley Surman
3 Leighton Cooke
4 Andrew J Mead (C)
5 Alex Osley
6 Tony Utting
WW1 Quarter in memory of Christopher Albert Edward Prickett, Private 352637, 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 25th April 1918 aged 19. Son of Albert and Elizabeth Jane Prickett, of Mathern. Buried at Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension, near Albert, France.

Sunday, 28 October 2018 in 43mins
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Glynis MacDonald
2 Sally Utting
3 Dudley Surman
4 Andrew J Mead (C)
5 Alex Osley
6 Tony Utting
WW1 Quarter in memory of, George Phillip Price L\CPL G/69573 The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. Died 21st September 1918. Lived in St Pierre and is commemorated at Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France and Walter Gill Private 97720, 18th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Recorded death 26th October 1918 and buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. France.

Sunday, 11 November 2018 in 41m
1260 Grandsire Doubles
1 Sally Utting
2 Dudley Surman
3 Leighton Cooke
4 Andrew J Mead (C)
5 Alex Osley
6 Tony Utting
Battle’s Over. Rung for ‘Ringing Out for Peace’ starting at 19:05 as part or the WW1 Centenary of the Armistice. Monnica Williams is associated with this quarter peal.