Aldeburgh – Church of St. Peter & St. Paul

From the far south west, we now find ourselves in Aldeburgh in Suffolk on the North Sea coast, just about as far east as you can get on these islands.

This is the church of St. Peter & St. Paul,…

…and nice and bright it is inside, which is always useful.

The Rolls of Honour can be found beneath the flags,…

…this marble relief by Gilbert Bates of a dying soldier…

…topped with the words “And everyone said to his brother, be of good cheer”, an unusual quotation from Isiah 41,6.

Captain Cecil Strachan Wood died at one of the hospitals at Le Havre on 2nd December 1914 aged 42, and is buried in St. Marie Cemetery in the centre of the town.

Roll of Honour for the twenty eight boys of Aldeburgh Lodge School who were killed during the Great War,…

…and a personal plaque to one of them, Captain Arthur Winn, killed by a sniper on 9th September 1914 and buried in Montreuil-aux-Lions British Cemetery, midway between Paris & Reims; his exact place of burial has been lost, and he is remembered on a special memorial within the cemetery.

Three plaques, all in close-up below:

 

Captain Philip Squarey Houghton has no known grave, his name to be found on the Thiepval Memorial.

This copper memorial remembers the six men of the Aldeburgh lifeboat who died on 7th December 1899 beneath the upturned hull of their boat.  A seventh crew member, Allan Arthur Easter, never recovered from his injuries and would die on 24th March 1900.

Nice ships!

Display about famous Aldeburghers,…

…principally Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, suffragist (not suffragette – look it up), and the first woman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain.

In the churchyard, it would be remiss of me not to show you…

…the Garrett family tomb,…

…and these headstones, which mark the graves of…

…the composer Benjamin Britten…

…and the tenor Peter Pears, Britten’s personal and professional partner for nearly forty years.

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16 Responses to Aldeburgh – Church of St. Peter & St. Paul

  1. Nick Kilner says:

    Lovely church, and another very interesting venue. That copper memorial is just stunning, the repousse work is beautifully done. Poor souls, no mention in the reports of the boat they were trying to rescue. I wonder if it continued on its way or if that foundered as well.
    That certainly is an interesting quote on the dying soldier relief, not least of all because unless I’m mistaken (and it wouldn’t be the first time), it doesn’t appear to be quite correct.
    I also wonder what the story is behind the death of George Rawley Taylor. I had initially assumed that as he had drowned whilst serving on HMS Dragon, the ship had sunk, but not so. It Continued in service until 1944 when it was scuttled off Normandy whilst serving as part of the Polish navy. Presumably then just a tragic accident.
    Somewhat unusual to see a memorial to a Captain of the QVR’s, you don’t seem to see many QVR’s in the cemeteries on the western front. That said there must be a good number buried near Hill 60. Between dawn on the 21st April 1915 and being relieved at dawn the following day a company of 150 QVR’s was reduced to just 15 men.

    • Magicfingers says:

      Right, you ready?

      New International Version
      They help each other and say to their companions, “Be strong!”

      New Living Translation
      The idol makers encourage one another, saying to each other, “Be strong!”

      English Standard Version
      Everyone helps his neighbor and says to his brother, “Be strong!”

      Berean Study Bible
      Each one helps the other and says to his brother, “Be strong!”

      New American Standard Bible
      Each one helps his neighbor And says to his brother, “Be strong!”

      New King James Version
      Everyone helped his neighbor, And said to his brother, “Be of good courage!”

      King James Bible
      They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

      Christian Standard Bible
      Each one helps the other, and says to another, “Take courage!”

      Contemporary English Version
      Worshipers of idols comfort each other, saying, “Don’t worry!”

      Good News Translation
      The skilled workers help and encourage each other.

      Holman Christian Standard Bible
      Each one helps the other, and says to another, “Take courage!”

      International Standard Version
      Each helps his neighbor, saying to each other, ‘Be strong!’

      NET Bible
      They help one another; one says to the other, ‘Be strong!’

      New Heart English Bible
      Everyone helps his neighbor. They say to their brothers, “Be strong.”

      GOD’S WORD® Translation
      People help their neighbors and say to their relatives, “Be brave!”

      JPS Tanakh 1917
      They helped every one his neighbour; And every one said to his brother: ‘Be of good courage.’

      New American Standard 1977
      Each one helps his neighbor, And says to his brother, “Be strong!”

      Jubilee Bible 2000
      Each one helped his neighbour; and each one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

      King James 2000 Bible
      They helped everyone his neighbor; and everyone said to his brother, Be of good courage.

      American King James Version
      They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

      American Standard Version
      They help every one his neighbor; and every one’saith to his brother, Be of good courage.

      Brenton Septuagint Translation
      every one judging for his neighbor and that to assist his brother: and one will say,

      Douay-Rheims Bible
      Every one shall help his neighbour, and shall say to his brother: Be of good courage.

      Darby Bible Translation
      They helped every one his neighbour, and [each] said to his brother, Take courage.

      English Revised Version
      They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

      Webster’s Bible Translation
      They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

      World English Bible
      Everyone helps his neighbor. They say to their brothers, “Be strong!”

      Young’s Literal Translation
      Each his neighbour they help, And to his brother he saith, ‘Be strong.’

  2. Magicfingers says:

    Anyway, glad you enjoyed this one. Good link about the lifeboat disaster and its legacy here: https://rnli.org/magazine/magazine-featured-list/2016/december/the-legacy-of-the-aldeburgh-acorns-how-one-lifeboatmans-superstition-lives-on
    Interesting point about the QVRs. But what about John Wingfield Rudell, whom you will notice I say nowt about.

    • Nick Kilner says:

      Oh god, not another can of worms! Hahaha
      You know one of us is going to have to get to the bottom of it 😉

      • Magicfingers says:

        Lol! I know! That’ll be you then.

        • Nick Kilner says:

          Did you notice his name doesn’t appear on the roll of honour. Might be looking at a civilian casualty. I have the joy of sorting out my years book keeping today, ahead of a visit from my accountant tomorrow (nothing I love more hahaha). If I have the will to carry on once that’s done I’ll see if I can find anything on the B,D & M register. I’ve tried a dozen or so different spellings on the CWGC site, even just his middle name and still nothing. Very odd.

          • Magicfingers says:

            Well I hope your day’s task is going well. His name does not appear on the local war memorial either under military or civilian victims – I shall try to post the war memorial later today so you can see for yourself (and check I am correct).

        • Nick Kilner says:

          well just to add to the mystery, it seems he doesn’t appear on the 1911 census for Aldeburgh either, certainly not by that name. There is a John B Wingfield, born in 1893 (which would put him in the right age bracket), but theres no casualty record for him under that name on the cwgc site either. All very odd. I’m at a loss.

          • Nick Kilner says:

            It gets worse. according to ‘find my past’ there were only 4 people in England in 1911 with the surname Rudell. As I’m sure you’ve noted there are only two casualties on the CWGC database with that surname from WW1, one of who is Canadian. There are two more from WW2 and again one is Canadian. I’m starting to wonder if someone left his girlfriend/wife behind in Aldeburgh and went back to Canada after the war. Seems odd to have a DOD then though. something is really not adding up

  3. Morag Sutherland says:

    Thanks for this post. The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson memorial hospital is on Euston road but you will know that. Our famous Scottish suffragist Dr Elsie Ingis did part of her training there!

  4. Magicfingers says:

    Agreed, Nick. Now you see why I left well alone. But as we seem to have started, I guess we are going to have to finish. War memorial post now published.

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