8th April 1921
ST. JOHN’S WAR MEMORIAL, IPSWICH.
Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.
In the brilliant sunshine of Sunday, one of the largest of the Ipswich
parishes, St. John’s unveiled the tribute to its men who had fallen in
the war – “Lest we forget.” A very striking Celtic cross of Portland
stone standing fourteen feet high rises in front of the exterior of the
East end of the church, and immediately behind this monument, on the
walls of the edifice, a couple of stone tablets have engraved upon them
the 118 names of the heroes of this parish. There was a great assembly
at the ceremony; indeed, the filled church but held a part. Here a
service was first held, the Vicar (Canon H.W.Hinde, C.F.) having
associated with him the Rev. G.E.Bourne, C.F., a former curate, the Rev.
A. Pink, and the Rev. C.Brown. During the service the choir was heard in
the anthem, “what are these?” and just before the sermon a minute’s
pause gave thoughts in silent prayer to the memory of the departed.
When the congregation had followed clergy and choir into the church
grounds, to assemble before the memorial, Sir John Ganzoni, M.P.,
unveiled, and the Vicar recited the dedicatory prayers.
Sir John Ganzoni, M.P.,observed that he had been asked to say a few
words upon the great occasion. Surely their first reflection must be
that it was by no means a sad occasion, in spite of the nature of some
of the memories which it might bring back. More particularly was it an
occasion of pride, not vain glory, but honest pride, in realisation of
what the dear ones, who were dead and gone, and whose memory was for
ever perpetuated there did fore them, for their native town and their
After the Benediction, Sergt. C.H. Banyard sounded the “Last Post,” then
“Reveille,” and the National Anthem closed the ceremony. Men of the 4th
Suffolks, with which Sir John was associated, were observed attending,
and other units represented included Essex and Suffolk R.G.A, (Capt. F.
Tempest), Suffolk A.F.A. Brigade of the R.F.A. (Lieut. R.P. Turner),
R.A.M.C. (Capt. W.S.Forbes). Lads of the C.L.B. (St. John’s Company)
assembled under Capt. the Rev. C. Brown, and the Girl Guide companies
under Lieut. Miss Clarkson.
Mr. E.E. Saunders, Cemetery Road, was responsible for the designing and
erecting of the cross and tablets.
JAMES BARBER (AKA ALBERT EDGAR PARNELL)*
FREDERICK SAMUEL FERRIMAN*
JOHN ALBERT FRENCH
H.R. SHARMAN AKA.