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100th Anniversary Service of Commemoration Booklet.

20th April 2015 St.Helens Church, Stapleford Combined Services, Stapleford Community Group Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

(Nottingham Branch)
In association with
Stapleford Combined Services
100th Anniversary
Service of Commemoration
Lance Corporal Walter Parker V.C. R.M.L.I.
in the Gallipoli Campaign
Conducted by
The Reverend Geoffrey Halliday
The Reverend Peter Huxtable
St Helens Parish Church Stapleford
Sunday 26th April 2015
at 12 Noon

Welcome to our Guests

Guest of Honour
Lt. Gen. Sir Henry Beverley KCB OBE & Lady Sally Beverley

Deputy Head of Mission, the Turkish Embassy
Minister Councillor Mr Fatih Ulusoy

Military Gallipoli Representative
Commander Brett Westcott; Royal Australian Navy

Royal Marines Representative
WO1 Gilby Royal Marines; Corps RSM & Mrs Gilby

Royal Marines Association Representative
Brigadier Mike Ellis MBE

The Mayor of Broxtowe
Councillor Stan Heptinstall MBE and Mrs Lillian Heptinstall

The Mayor of Stapleford
Councillor Kevin Thomas & Ms Clare Chisholm

Chief Executive Officer; Broxtowe Borough Council
Ms Ruth Hyde OBE

The central theme of this church service is to commemorate
and celebrate
Lance Corporal Walter Parker VC RMLI
On this occasion we also remember the extended family of
Royal Marines and those other servicemen and women and their
families who have demonstrated their sacrifice and bravery in past
and present conflicts.
With special emphasis on those young men and women
who have given their lives, or have received life changing injuries
in recent conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan,
to secure other peoples freedoms.

Organ Voluntary Plays

National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen!

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign!
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen!

Welcome by the Reverend Peter Huxtable
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.
For he has founded it upon seas, and established it upon the floods”

Hymn – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence praise
In deeper reverence praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
Beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee
Rise up and follow thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!
Interpreted by love!

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace
The beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!
O still small voice of calm!

Chaplain: So we come together on this centennial anniversary to ask for God’s
blessing upon ourselves and upon our loved ones with thanksgiving and to
reaffirm our dedication as Royal Marines and as God’s people in our
commitment to the ways of justice and peace. In a world of change and
hope, of fear and adventure, of commitment and dedication.
Chaplain: Faithful God
All: We glorify your name.
Chaplain: In the common life or our society, in our work and in our
leisure, in prosperity and in need.
Faithful God.
All: We glorify your name.
Chaplain: Faithful God; in our churches, and in our Councils, and in
all our Associations.
Faithful God.
All: We glorify your name.
Chaplain: Among our friends, and in our homes, in out times of joy,
and in our days of sorrow.
Faithful God.
All: We glorify your name.
Chaplain: In our strengths and in our achievements, in our services to
our country, and the nations of the world.
Faithful God.
All: We glorify your name
Chaplain: In our act of Commemoration and Celebration of Lance
Corporal Walter Parker VC.
Faithful God.
All: We glorify your name.
Chaplain: In our service to our country, and the nations of the world;
and in our allegiance to our Queen
Faithful God.
May we glorify your name always. Amen.

Bible Reading
Philippians 4 verses 4 – 9
Read by Lieutenant General Sir Henry Beverley KCG OBE

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
Who walked on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Eternal Father, grant, we pray
To Royal Marines, both night and day
The courage, honour, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, Thy law fulfil
Be Thou our shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.

O Trinity of love and power!
Our family shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us whereso’er we go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Sunset By RM Corps Bugler
Address by the Reverend Geoffrey Halliday


The Portsmouth Prayer
read by the Reverend Geoffrey Halliday; Branch Chaplain

The Royal Marines Prayer
read WO1 Phil Gilby; Corps Regimental Sergeant Major

The Naval Prayer
Read by Fred Thompson; Branch President

The Lords Prayer

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name,
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven,
Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil. Fore thine is the kingdom
the Power and the Glory, For ever and ever . Amen

Offertory Hymn – Fight the Good Fight Hymn

Fight the good fight with all thy might;
Christ is thy Strength, and Christ thy Right;
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.

Run the straight race through God’s good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the Path, and Christ the Prize.

Cast care aside, upon thy Guide,
Lean, and His mercy will provide;
Lean, and the trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its Life, and Christ its Love.

Faint not nor fear, His arms are near,
He changeth not, and thou art dear.
Only believe, and thou shalt see
That Christ is all in all to thee.


Life on the Ocean Wave & Sarie Marais

Will the congregation please remain seated until after the guests have left the church. The
service will then move to Walter Parker VC Square for the continuation of the service and
the dedication of a memorial bench on behalf of the Stapleford Combined Service Association.

Walter Parker VC Square Service

Officers Call


Mick Wills; Branch Chairman

The Corps of Royal Marines and the Gallipoli Campaign
Lieutenant General Sir Henry Beverley KCB OBE

Read by WO1 Phil Gilby; Corps Regimental Sergeant Major

Binyon’s Lines
Read by Fred Thompson; Branch President

Last Post


Kohima Epitaph
Read by Major Ralph Eales; Chairman, Midlands Region,
Royal Marines Association

Laying of Wreaths


Dedication of a memorial bench for the people of Stapleford
on behalf of the Stapleford Combined Service Association and
Stapleford Community Group.

Guests are then invited to inspect Hunter Company,
Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines
a contingent of the Royal Marines Reserve; Nottingham
and the Guard of Honour of Royal Marines and Sea Cadets,

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