Off-Island Churches Packed As Scilly’s War Dead Remembered

new war memorialEvery off-island church was packed yesterday as islanders commemorated the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Canon Paul Miller and the Bishop of Truro Tim Thornton attended all the services.

On Bryher, they joined the congregation who remembered Sidney Pender, the great great uncle of Mike Pender, who was the only person from Bryher who served in the war to be killed.

Mike’s granddaughter Chessen read the Act of Remembrance and many of the Pender family attended.

On Tresco they remembered the 17 who died including the three Nichols brothers. Island councillor Mike Nelhams read the roll of honour.

On St Martin’s, councillor Christine Savill took the Bible reading and Jake Williams read the Act of Remembrance with Karl Bray.

Over on St Agnes the Act of Remembrance was read by Xante Hicks and the reading was given by Jimmy Paget Brown.

The party travelling with the Bishop and Canon Miller included Smudge Smith representing the Royal British Legion, who joined off-islanders in reading the Act of Remembrance, and Commander Nick Gibbons of 84 Squadron, Culdrose.

You can find a Roll of Honour for all islanders who died in the two world wars here.