St Andrews

St Andrew's Church - War Memorial Record

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The stories of all those whose names can be found on the war memorial in St Andrew's have been researched by a member of our congregation. The book is kept beside the Memorial.

This is the dedication written for it when it was completed.

The concept of war has changed since the two great wars. Now we largely address an enemy we cannot see and are forced to engage in a different kind of warfare, one that we are still learning to understand.

But the stakes of war remain the same, that is to say, the freedom of the individual and of nations, for the benefit of subsequent generations, and in order to obtain this men and women are called to lay down their lives.

It is in tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom in the wars 1914 – 1918 and 1929 -1945, that war memorials were first erected and dedicated. Jesus said, ‘‘Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend ’’ and what was true then is still true today.

I commend this record of war memorials in the Isle of Man, relating to St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Douglas to you, in memory of those whose names are hallowed in this book. Their graves are in various parts of Europe, including here in the Isle of Man, but their sacrifice was corporate. For each one of us, they gave their lives in order to make peace.

‘‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the Sons of God’’

Rev’d Philip Smith
Chaplain, Royal British Legion, Ramsey Branch,
For St Andrew’s Church, Douglas
November 2010

Sadly we do not have an online version of the whole record but please do feel free to come and read the version in church or,if you have a specific question about it, e-mail the church secretary via the link on the home page.