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Hoby – Commemorative Half Muffled Quarter Peal

May 7, 2018

5th May 2018 – Rifleman Charles Edward Gamble

It is the first Saturday in May; traditionally it is the date of the Annual General Meeting for the Society of Framland Ringers.  It was also the 100th anniversary of Rifleman Charles Edward Gamble who lost his life during WW1.  As a result, the Society managed to get 5 “willing” ringers to meet earlier in the afternoon so that we could ring the quarter peal at Hoby before going on to the AGM at Kirby Bellars.  It also happened to be one of the hottest days of the year so far, but fortunately, it was a little cooler inside the tower so ringing was comfortable.  With the additional pressures of completing the quarter on time before the AGM, we opted for a “now very familiar” composition of mixed doubles; Plain Bob, St. Martins, St. Simons and a final burst of Plain Bob.  We rang at a reasonably quick pace, so it did not seem long before the second method was called, and then the third.  The final burst of plain bob was completed finishing the very successful quarter in only 41 minutes.  What a relief to us all that we achieved the quarter on the first attempt.  Perhaps the added pressure of the AGM later in the evening was enough to keep us on our toes and concentrate on ringing.  Perhaps it was the temperature that influenced our ringing.  Either way, it worked; no false starts, or late bobs.  We did not have any hesitations or missed dodges.  It was a very enjoyable ring.  As always, it was an honour to celebrate the life of a war hero.

Charles Gamble was born in 1899 in Gaddesby.  He was the son of John (a farm labourer) and Jemima (domestic cleaner).  They were from Church View, Hoby.  Charles had one older and one younger sister.  Although his service records appear to have been lost, it is known that he enlisted at Melton Mowbray.  He was posted to the 1st /6th Battalion of The Kings Liverpool Regiment.  In February 1918, his Battalion formed part of the West Lancashire Division which relieved the East Lancashire division in the front line at Festubert and Givenchy (East of Bethune in Northern France).  This area had been fought over since 1914.  In March 1918, a number of enemy raids had been fought off.  Unfortunately, this was only the prelude to a full scale German assault at Givenchy in the April of 1918.  The successful defence of Givenchy is considered to be a major part in blunting the German offensive.  The village has since been selected as the memorial site for the Division and for those who died serving in it.

Memorial to the 55th Division at Givenchy

The main assault at Givenchy was over by the beginning of May, however, artillery bombardment was a constant danger for those near the front line and caused many casualties.  The notes from the 1st/6th Battalion showed they had not suffered any casualties while they were in the Givenchy sector.  However, it was on the following day (5th May 1918) heavy German artillery had been very active demolishing almost all of the Battalions dug-outs and tunnels.  14 of its garrisons had been buried.  Only 4 garrisons had been recovered and listed as wounded.  The other 10 were missing.  Charles Edward Gamble was amongst those not recovered.  He is one of the more than 20,0000 British soldiers with “no known grave”.  Their names appear on the Loos Memorial to the Missing.  He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  At only 18, Charles is the youngest of the men from Hoby who died during WW1.

It is a very sobering thought that we as a Ringing Society have been involved with this 4 year project commemorating the lives of brave men from Hoby who lost their lives fighting for King and Country.  We have taken part in 14 quarter peals and have 4 more men to commemorate in the final months of the year.  The next is on the 1st September 2018.  Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via


Hoby – Commemorative Half Muffled Quarter Peal

April 9, 2018

4th April 2018 – Private Victor Albert Coleman

The first of six quarter peals at Hoby for the final year of the commemorations.  Today we are commemorating the death of Private Victor Albert Coleman.  He was the son of a farm labourer, born in Hoby in October 1893.  By 1911, he was still living in Hoby and worked on one of the local farms.  He initially joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry (a cavalry regiment).  He was a machine gunner when he joined the newly formed Machine Gun Squadron in February 1916.  Machine gunners often provided the infantry with the first line of defence, attracting enemy fire.  More than one third of the new Corps members became casualties, earning the nickname “the suicide club”.

During March and April of 1918, the Germans pushed towards Amiens to take control of that strategically vital communications centre.  To the East of Amiens (Villers-Bretonneux), on the 4th April 1918, there was a fierce defensive action by the British and Australian forces.  This is where Victor Coleman was killed in action.  This is now the site of an Australian war memorial as well as the cemetery where Victor is buried.

Posthumously, he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.


Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux

The ringers met at Hoby Church ready to ring the quarter – although some of us were late due to the multiple road closures because of the local flooding.  We were determined to find a way through to the village to ring in this quarter.  We started with Reverse Canterbury Doubles before moving into Winchendon.  The transition was smooth and we continued to ring well.  We were ringing at a nice steady pace.  We were in the final stages of Winchendon when the ringer on the 2nd announced she was completely lost (… that ringer was me).  My announcement of being lost took everyone else by surprise that even the conductor was taken aback … between us, we managed to fire up.  This was not ideal, as we were already 6 extents into the quarter.  Our treble ringer needed a quick sit down and wrist guards tightened before we started the second attempt.

The pressure is now on to complete this quarter peal as we knew that a third attempt would be impossible.  We set off again with Reverse Canterbury.  This time, we rang at a much faster pace.  We had a successful transition into Winchendon and were so relieved when we heard the instruction to ring St. Nicholas.  At least this time we had gone further than the previous attempt.  It was an even bigger relief when we reverted back to ring a final burst of reverse Canterbury.

As always, it was an honour to ring for a local soldier who gave the greatest sacrifice for his king and country.

There are five more commemorative quarter peals at Hoby during 2018.  The next being on the 5th May 2018.  Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via

Hoby – Commemorative Half Muffled Quarter Peal

December 7, 2017

30th November 2017 – Lance Corporal Charles Henry Read

Today was the 6th and last quarter peal at Hoby during 2017.  This time it was to commemorate the death of Charles Henry Read.

Charles was born in 1892.  He was working as a groom at Normanton hall in Rutland before enlisting in the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in September 1914.  He was sent to France the following year where he was injured several times (most seriously during the Battle of Loos in October 1915 and again in the September 1916 during a battle to regain Thiepval Ridge).  He returned to England for hospital treatment and eventually transferred to the 5th battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment.  In November 1917, his regiment was involved in the Battle of Cambrai, during which Charles was recommended for gallantry in the field for his bravery.  Unfortunately, only 10 days later Lance Corporal Charles Henry Read was killed by a shell on 30th November 1917 near Bleak House.  His Commanding Officer wrote to his widow (Mary) I can only partly realise the sorrow you must feel at the loss of one who will be missed so much, but at the same time must feel proud of his gallant deeds and splendid life. He was an excellent N.C.O. and would have gone far in promotion, as he had been recommended for gallantry in the attack on 20th November.”  Charles was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British war medal and the Victory Medal.

When his death had been comfirmed, his wife, Mary, and their three children were served with an eviction notice they moved in with relatives in Thrussington.  They later moved to Hoby, where one of the daughters (Gladys Hack) lived for the rest of her life.  Charles is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial at Louveral.  He is also on his wife’s headstone in Hoby.  The headstone has been classified as a War Memorial by the War Memorials Trust.

It was a cold evening when the ringers assembled ready to ring.  This time we opted for Grandsire Doubles instead of the mixed doubles that we have been ringing recently.  We had a rocky start and after the first 6 minutes, our conductor called us to stand.  The decision to try again or to revert to mixed doubles … let’s stick to the original plan of grandsire.  This time we rang much better with no method faults.  We rang much quicker than in previous quarters.  I think this was due to the cold and we really needed to keep warm.  I wonder what the weather was like for those in battle 100 years ago.

Yet again, it was an honour to ring for this brave soldier who lost his life fighting for his king and country.

There are six more commemorative quarter peals at Hoby during 2018.  The next being on the 4th April 2018.  Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via

Hoby – Commemorative Half Muffled Quarter Peal

October 28, 2017

26th October 2017 – Lt. Col. Percy William Beresford D.S.O.

It was only a few weeks ago that five of the Framland Ringers met at Hoby to ring a quarter peal as part of the WW1 commemoration events.  The same five ringers met again this evening to ring in commemoration of Lt. Col. Percy William Beresford.

Before the First World War, Percy Beresford was the Assistant Priest of Saint Mary’s Church in Westerham, Kent.  He went on to have a distinguished war record.  He was awarded the D.S.O. in the Summer of 1917.  The citation reads: “For conspicuous gallantry and ability in command of his battalion during heavy enemy counter-attacks. The skill with which he handled his reserves: was of the utmost assistance to the division on his right, and his determination enabled us to hold on to an almost impossible position. He repulsed three counter-attacks, and lost heavily in doing so”.

Percy was killed in action on the 26th October 1917 during the 3rd Battle of Ypres (more commonly known as the battle of Passchendaele). He was commanding the 2nd/3rd Battalion of the London Regiment (The Royal Fusiliers).  He is buried in the Gwalia Cemetery in Belgium.  Percy Beresford’s name also appears on the South Chancel Window in Hoby Church along with the name of Major William Beresford who had died only a few weeks earlier.

Each time we meet to ring a quarter peal for the men of Hoby, the reality of why we are there is becoming more significant to us.  The pressure to complete the quarter on the specific date is firmly in our minds.  It is a dark October evening, the time of year when coughs and colds are abundant.  Many people would rather stay at home, but for us, these quarter peals have become so significant that despite the coughs, colds, sniffs and sneezes, we were determined to ring to the best of our ability.

When we arrived, the bells were already muffled and in the “up” position for us ready to go.  We rang a few rounds first, but something wasn’t quite right.  A muffled bell was heard at handstroke and a very loud ring was heard at backstroke – but only for bell number 2.  It was “up wrong”, so down it came and rung back up again.  This time it was correct so we launched straight into the quarter.  Thankfully, this half muffled quarter peal was very successful.  It was conducted by our chairman using a tried and tested combination of methods that we used earlier in the year.  We started with Plain Bob before moving onto St. Martins, St Simons and then back to Plain Bob.  We all rang well with good striking.  We rang without any errors.  There wasn’t any need for anyone to nod and wink at each other to put anyone right.  We rang at a slightly faster pace than the previous quarter.  Perhaps this was due to the dodging in 3/4 instead of places.  Perhaps, it was because the band consisted of the same ringers on the same bells and we were more settled this time.  Or perhaps it was the fact we had coughs and colds and wanted to get home to a hot drink.  Whatever the reason, it sounded good and it was a pleasure to ring and we are proud to be a part of the commemorations.

The Society will be ringing again at Hoby on the 30th November 2017 for the next half muffled quarter peal.  Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via

Hoby – Commemorative Half Muffled Quarter Peal

October 14, 2017

9th October 2017 – Major William Cecil Beresford

Monday evening; the ringers gathered at Hoby to commemorate the death of Major William Cecil Beresford who died 100 years ago, and ring a half muffled quarter peal.  There is very little service information about this Major in the First World War.  It is known that he was a Major in the Royal Defence Corps, and that he had died in the Burdon Military Hospital in Weymouth, presumably of wounds.

The Royal Defence Corps was formed from the Home Service Garrison Battalions of line infantry regiments, with soldiers too old or medically not suitable for the front line.  The Defence Corps provided troops for security and guarding the home front.

I wonder what part he was playing to end up in the hospital and ultimately die of his wounds.  I do not know how old he was, or if he had left behind any family.

His name does appear on the South Chancel Window in Hoby church.  It was installed in the early 1920s.  The lower panel has a list of members of the extended Beresford family who were killed in the First World War (including Major William Cecil Beresford).  The window is now classified as an official war memorial by the War Memorials Trust.


The quarter peal was very successful, no false starts or errors.  Only the occasional nod and wink was observed across the tower, but even these weren’t really needed.  The quarter was conducted by our chairman using a tried and tested combination of methods that we used earlier in the year.  We started with Reverse Canterbury.  We moved onto Winchendon Place and then St Nicholas before finishing with the final burst of Reverse Canterbury.  All of these used the same bob, which helped with the transition when we changed methods.  I felt that this selection of methods which have places in 3/4 instead of dodging, suited the half muffled bells beautifully.

Despite knowing very little about this soldier, it was a privilege to ring in his memory.

The Society will be ringing again at Hoby in a few weeks on the 26th October 2017 for the next half muffled quarter peal.  Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via

Hoby – Commemorative Half Muffled Quarter Peal

June 23, 2017

21st June 2017 – Private William Harris

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day.  It also happens to be the hottest – apparently the hottest day in June since 1976!  This morning, many watched the sunrise at Stonehenge.  For the rest of the day, many complained of the heat.  Having endured a very hot and sticky day, five Framland Ringers met in the evening at Hoby to ring a commemorative half muffled quarter peal.  Fortunately, the tower was relatively cool compared with the sweltering temperatures outside.  I can’t help but wonder what the weather was like 100 years ago today.  Was there a glorious sunrise at Stonehenge, and did anyone go to celebrate it during the war? Was it this hot in 1917, and did the weather have any impact on the events that led up to William Harris’s death?

Census records show that William was a farm labourer (aged 11 in 1891).  10 years later he was working for the Midland Railway.  By 1911 it is believed that William had joined the army.  He was initially stationed with the 1st Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment based at Aldershot.  Records suggest that he did not serve overseas during the first few years of war.  Some soldiers in the regular army were kept in the UK to train volunteers.  It is thought that William was among them.  By 1917, he was in Northern France were he was killed.  The war graves commission record states that he died of wounds on 21st June 1917.  However, these were not sustained during battle.  William and several of his comrades were killed in a tragic incident.  They were due to carry out a gas bombardment of mine buildings.  Somehow, the gas projectors fell into the trenches and within a few seconds the trenches were filled with phosgene (at the time, reported to be the deadliest of all gases).  Twenty-four died from the poison, and sixty-two went to hospital.  William is buried in the Loos British Cemetery along with his comrades.

The happy ringers on the hottest day

100 years after this tragic accident, the Framland Ringers are paying tribute to William Harris by ringing the half muffled quarter peal.  This was to be conducted by our chairman using a combination of methods that has been working well in these quarters.  We started with Plain Bob before moving onto St. Martins and then St. Simons.  Another burst of Plain Bob took us to the 1260 changes.  At this point in my reports, I usually make a comment about how there was a miss call, or one of us drifts into a world of our own resulting in a re-start.  Maybe it was the heat and the prospect of stopping and starting again was just too much for all of us.  It obviously worked, because we didn’t have any hesitation or deviation.  The quarter was very well struck throughout; no-one missed a dodge, or faltered at a call.  We managed without the extra nods and subtle coughs that we normally do when we see a slight uncertainty.  It certainly was a quarter that we could be really proud of.  It was a privilege to be a part of this tribute to a local soldier.

The Society will be ringing again at Hoby on 9th October 2017 for the next half muffled quarter peal.  Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via

Hoby – Commemorative Half Muffled Quarter Peal

May 21, 2017

14th May 2017 – Private Arthur Felstead

Another Sunday evening ringing a half muffled quarter peal at Hoby, this time commemorating the life of Private Arthur Felstead.  He was born in Hoby in 1880 (the youngest of eight children).  The cottage where his family lived is now the site of the pub car park.  Arthur was listed as a brick layer in the 1911 census.  He had also worked at the Holwell Iron Company’s Furnaces and later worked at Ragdale Hall, very much a local man.

He initially joined the Leicestershire Regiment but later transferred to the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment and embarked for France in July 1916.  Ten months later his regiment received the order that they would be called on to capture Bullecourt.  The Battle of Bullecourt was part of the Arras offensive and the battalion suffered heavy losses.  Arthur was among them; killed in action on 14th May 1917 aged 37.  Either his body had never been recovered, or his grave had been lost as he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial (one of 35000 servicemen who died in the Arras sector and have no known grave).  He is also commemorated on his parent’s head stone in Hoby Churchyard.

The Arras Memorial


We arrived at the tower; the bells had already been rung up in preparation for us.  We selected our bells to ring a few rounds but something wasn’t quite right.  Of course it would be my bell with the muffle on the wrong way round.  A quick trip to the bell frame, turn the muffle around and head back to the ringing chamber – then a voice shouted up the stairs “is the bell up wrong?”.  Back to the bell frame we go.  Yes… he was right, the bell was in fact up wrong.  I don’t know how I missed that the first time!  Simple solution, turn the muffle around again and move the clapper.  Now we are ready to go again.  This time the rounds sounded so much better.

Our Ringing Master was in charge of this quarter.  A slight change in methods was proposed – no problem, we are all more than capable of ringing multiple methods … but as it turns out, not quite as easy as we thought.  First attempt, there was a miss-call in the Grandsire.  We still had plenty of time for a re-start so off we went again.  Despite knowing in advance that we would be ringing variations of bobs and singles in the quarter it completely took me by surprise to hear a Gradnsire Single in the St. Simons.  Somehow, by the time I had processed the call, acted on it and then got back into the method, two of us managed to swap over.  Back to rounds!  Time was now becoming an issue.  We could not afford to have yet another false start.  It was imperative that we complete the quarter on the third attempt.  Our conductor reduced the numbers of variations – much to my relief.  We successfully completed the first 180 changes of Grandsire before moving into the 360 changes of Plain Bob.  There were a few stumbles during the 240 changes of April Day before moving into the 240 of St. Simons and 240 of St. Martins.  What a relief when the conductor called “that’s all”.  We all looked at the clock and decided that the quarter had actually taken 1 ½ hours.  In reality it only took 45 minutes.  We had completed our tribute to Arthur Felstead.

The Society will be ringing again at Hoby on 21st June 2017 for the next half muffled quarter peal.  Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via

Hoby – Commemorative Half Muffled Quarter Peal

April 24, 2017

23rd April 2017 – Private John Edward Ward

St George’s Day – a beautiful Spring Sunday evening with the smells and sounds of BBQ’s in the air …. and then the Framland Ringers come along to make a noise by ringing a commemorative half muffled quarter peal for Private John Edward Ward.  This is the first of 6 quarters for 2017, part of the WW1 commemorative events taking place in Hoby.

Our Chairman called this quarter with Reverse Canterbury, Winchendon Place, St. Nicholas and then back to Reverse Canterbury.  This was a new combination of methods for these commemorative quarters.  The combination worked extremely well.  Using methods with places in the middle instead of dodging seemed to work really well on the muffled back stroke.  It was during the extents of St Nicholas, where I thought to myself, how well it was going and which photographs should I use to accompany this web report, is there anyone to take a group photo and how should we pose – and then the inevitable … I got lost!  Thankfully, the other ringers put me in my place immediately and we carried on.  Apart from my momentary lapse of concentration, the rest of the ringing was very good.  It was a quarter we can be proud of in tribute to this soldier.  We were met afterwards by the church warden and new vicar who thanked us for the ringing.  After the “meet and greet” time was getting on so we rang down and left – we didn’t get to take the group photo.

Private John Edward Ward (born 1888) was killed in action aged 29 in 1917.  He initially worked as a labourer before enlisting in the Leicestershire Regiment in 1906.  He was posted to India in 1907.  Along with his regiment, he was mobilised at the outbreak of the First World War and went into the trenches at Calonne.  Later he was at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle and also the Battle of Festubert.  His regiment went “over the top” at the Battle of Loos, where many of his comrades were killed or seriously injured.  John was one of the many casualties sustaining a severe gunshot injury to his head and face.  Following hospital treatment in Boulogne, John re-joined his unit eventually reaching Ali Al-Gharbi.  Days were hot and humid, yet nights were freezing cold.  These were difficult climate conditions especially for those still recovering from wounds.  Medical facilities were inadequate against endemic tropical diseases, and John was among those who fell ill becoming hospitalised.  He did re-join his regiment, eventually making steady progress through Turkish defences (after several previous unsuccessful attempts) finally reaching Baghdad.  The Leicestershire Regiment were the first to enter the city following its fall.  Operations continued further north with the aim to seize Samarrah.  It was during these operations that Private John Ward was killed (2 days before Samarrah was taken).

John’s parents had not seen him since he sailed to India in 1907 when he joined the army.  This was 10 years before his death.  He was awarded the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  John is remembered on the Hoby War Memorial.

The Society will be ringing again at Hoby on 14th May 2017 for the next half muffled quarter peal.  Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via

Hoby – Commemorative Quarter Peal

September 29, 2016

24th September 2016 – Private Harry Jeffs

Private Harry Jeffs lost his life as a result of his wounds sustained during the Battle of the Somme (died 24th September 1916).  Prior to the war, Harry worked at Hoby Grange.  He was a member of the church choir and was an active bell ringer at Hoby.  His wounds were so severe, that his leg had to be amputated.  He became weaker and finally lost his life.  He had an older and younger brother who both served in the war and survived.  His mother received a letter informing her of his death which came as a shock as she was unaware that he had been wounded.  Following his death, the local ringers rang a muffled peal in his memory.

The Society of Framland Ringers have been ringing half muffled commemorative quarter peals on the 100th anniversary of the death of each soldier from Hoby. This was the 4th (and last) quarter peal for 2016.  As the soldier we were commemorating was a bell ringer, the parish of Hoby celebrated his life with a service of thanksgiving in the afternoon before we rang the quarter peal in the evening.  To make this quarter stand out and be different from the others, the parish asked us to ring this quarter “open”.  Having rung so many half muffled quarter peals at Hoby as part of this 4 year project, it definitely felt “different” to be ringing the bells open.  It sounded faster than our previous efforts, although the clock shows we rang at the same speed.  It was definitely easier to hear the backstroke and concentrate on the striking of the methods.

Our Chairman called this quarter with Plain Bob, St. Martins, St. Simons and then back to Plain Bob.  It was a composition that we were all familiar with having rung this selection on previous attempts.  25 minutes into the quarter, we were ringing St. Martins, and for no reason, it fired up!  Ringing St Martins as part of these commemorations seems to get the better of us.  The command to “stand” was obeyed.  Such a shame, as the striking had been really good.  A quick breather to get our puff back and take off excess jumpers followed.  A second attempt commenced.  This time the pressure was on as the clock was ticking.  More importantly, our treble ringer has a bad wrist and pushing for a second attempt may be too much for her.  Fortunately, the second attempt was successful.  On the whole, our striking was good (ringing we can be proud of).  Our tribute to Harry Jeffs was completed successfully.


The Quarter Peal Ringers 24th September 2016

The Society will be ringing again at Hoby for six half muffled quarter peals in 2017, and six in 2018.

Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via

Further details about the men we are commemorating can be found via

Hoby – Commemorative Half Muffled Quarter Peals

June 13, 2016

It has been a busy week for the Society of Framland Ringers.  Three quarter peals (31st May, 5th June and 8th June) all part of the WW1 commemorations held at Hoby successfully took place.

31st May 2016 – Private Walter Pick

HMS Black Prince

HMS Black Prince

Private Walter Pick lost his life in the Battle of Jutland (31st May 1916).  Walter was a butcher before joining the Royal Marine Light Infantry.  He was on the ship “The Black Prince” which sank during battle.  It had been hit by at least twelve heavy shells and several smaller ones at point blank range and sank within fifteen minutes.  The wreck is designated a protected place under the protection of the Military Remains Act 1986.  Walter was only nineteen years old when he died.

Five of us arrived at the church ready to ring.  The bells had already been muffled and rung up for us, which surprised some of the ringers when we rang the initial rounds and could not hear the backstroke!  For this quarter we rang mixed doubles, Grandsire, St. Simons, St. Martins and Plain Bob.  It was called by our ringing master, who managed to keep me in order when I fell asleep – much appreciated!  We rang without a false start unlike the first two commemorative quarters in 2015.  We all left feeling very pleased with ourselves and discussed the methods for the next two quarters later in the week.

5th June 2016 – Brigadier General Sir Hay Frederick Donaldson

Brigadier General Sir Hay Frederick Donaldson was an advisor to the Ministry of Munitions at the request of Lloyd George.  He was selected to accompany the Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, on a mission to Russia.  They were traveling on HMS Hampshire which struck a German mine off the Orkney Islands and was killed (5th June 1916).

Our tribute to Sir Hay was to be Grandsire Doubles. Just over ten minutes into ringing the quarter, our conductor (our Chairman) called rounds.  A missed call had been the problem.  A fresh start was required.  The second attempt went well and at a faster pace than the quarter only a few days earlier.

8th June 2016 – Private Alfred Henry Higgins

Private Alfred Henry Higgins was part of the 10th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters.  He was killed in action on 8th June 1916.  His service record has been lost, but his medal card shows he disembarked in France on 9th February 1915.  His next entry was for his death.  Exact details regarding his death are unknown.  He is however buried in the Auchonvillers Cemetery which contains the graves of many British soldiers who died in the Battle of the Somme and other soldiers (such as Alfred) who were killed in the actions which preceded it.

The third quarter this week! The ringers assembled at the church.  Most of us were flustered having rushed to get there on time after work.  Our Chairman called this quarter with Plain Bob, St. Martins, St. Simons and then back to Plain Bob.  We rang at a faster pace again – we have obviously become accustomed to the bells now.  We left the tower feeling that we have successfully made our tributes to all three men who died this week 100 years ago.

Further details about all three men we are commemorating can be found via

Details about the future half muffled quarter peals can be found via