The church was made redundant and the memorial is now displayed at Ipswich Museum
25th February 1921
IPSWICH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEMORIAL
There was a large congregation at the Ipswich Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning, when Lieut.-General Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston, K.C.B., D.S.O., M.P., unveiled a mural tablet which has been installed in memory of the twenty men of the congregation who gave their lives in the war, and also in commemoration of the devoted service rendered by 96 other men associated with the church. The memorial is in the form of a carved oak panel, mounted on a black marble base, and is the work of Messrs. Titchmarsh and Goodwin, of Ipswich.
The service which was of a nature specially suited to the occasion was conducted by the pastor, the Rev. E.J. Gilchrist, B.D.
After the singing of the first hymn, “The supreme sacrifice,” General Hunter-Weston read the second lesson, after which a period of silence in remembrance of the fallen was observed. Proceeding to the tablet, the General lowered the Union Jack with the words:- “To the glory of God, and in memory of those our brave comrades who freely gave their lives in the defence of our country, this memorial is dedicated, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. May their spirit live.”
Addressing the congregation after the prayer of dedication, General Hunter-Weston said they were gathered there that day to do honour to those whose names were inscribed on that memorial, and in honour of those who had similarly fought and suffered and died in Great Britain and in the Empire, and they that gave their lives for their comrades. Greater than were their feelings of sorrow must be thought, be their feelings of gratitude – gratitude to those men for all they had done for them, gratitude to Almighty God that those men’s self-sacrifice was not in vain. God by His great goodness, had led to their emerging victorious
from that great war. They in England found it very hard to realise just what was meant, and what would have been their fate, if they had not been successful. Those who had been in territory occupied by the enemy
could form some idea of what was the state of affairs in Central Europe at the present time. From that dreadful fate those men had been instrumental in saving them.
After the singing of the hymn, “For all the Saints,” the Pastor
pronounced the “Benediction, after which a trumpeter from the 14th
Brigade, R.F.A. sounded the “Last Post,” followed by the “Reveille.” The
service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.
(1) General Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston with Mr. F.E. Rands and the Rev.
(2) The General addressing the members of the Boys’ Brigade.