This Sunday will be the first time that the Last Post is not played in our sanctuary, though it will be heard as we gather to remember at WK Mennonite Church.
Below are the Honour Rolls of those members of Holy Saviour who served in the First and Second World Wars. The WWI document lists 60 names, which we can only assume was a huge percentage of the male parishioners at the time. The WWII Roll lists 48 names, still a large segment of the congregation. Those who were killed are marked with a cross: WWI victims were Arthur Hall, John Hatchman, Robert English, and the Grosz family's father and son - Harry and Herman. The Rev. Arthur Clarke, who was our rector from 1911 to 1917, also served overseas as a Captain in 1916-17.
In WWII, we lost Philip Frowde Seagram (see last week's column), Mac Jones, Doug Lowe and Allan Callacott. Over 1,100 persons had enlisted from Waterloo Region, 53 from the City of Waterloo did not return.
Of course, there were many soldiers who survived and were active members of Holy Saviour after the war. The late George Blyth and Bill Sutherland come to mind. Also Sydney Smith, who created a Book of Remembrance which we kept in the Fireside Room. He also recorded his memoir of being rescued by a French farm woman when he parachuted before his airplane crashed. He got the chance to thank her before he died.
There are many resources to find out more about the impact of WWII in Waterloo. This links to the City's website and explains post-war housing in north Waterloo. Brooke Skelton researched the names on the WWI Honour Roll and adds birth dates, next of kin, etc. for most.
We will remember them.
- Chuck Erion
Next week, more from Brooke Skelton, who has been researching the names of parishioners for whom the stained glass windows were dedicated.