Kent County Association
Eynsford, Kent
St Martin
Sunday, 18 June 2017 in 2h 51 (9–2–13 in F♯)
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composed by C. Middleton
1 Peter J Joyce
2 Caroline A Stockmann
3 Ronald F Diserens
4 David P Hilling (C)
5 Philip R Jarvis
6 Daniel R Jarvis
7 Ian G Mills
8 Alan Regin
Commemorating Private Alfred Gates of Eynsford, bell ringer. Rung exactly 100 years after his death on 18 June 1917 aged 38. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) "D" Coy. 8th Bn. Service No.G/7533. Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
During the peal grandchildren and great grandchildren of Alfred Gates were at a reception in St Martin's organised by the local history society. Following the peal they met the ringers and a granddaughter of Alfred Bates read a poem written to his memory by his widow.
The Weekly Journal for Church Bell Ringers since 1911