New Alresford - WW1 Quarters

1 January 2014 – 31 December 2018

At St John’s, New Alresford, in Hampshire, the ringers have an ongoing project to ring a quarter peal in the months one hundred years on from the death of any Alresford man named on the war memorial in the church.

This project started with the publication of a book, Not Just A Name, researched and written by Glenn Gilbertson. This book is a fantastic resource document of the personal, family and service records of all those who served in the armed services and were killed in the 20th century who lived or had links with the Alresford SO24 postal area. There are details in the book of battles, photos of men and places, and locations of cemeteries where the men were buried, or for those with no known grave, the specific memorial where the name is recorded.

Glenn Gilbertson, a personal friend, printed out the list of names and dates of deaths for all those men who died in WWI whose names appear on the war memorial in St John’s Church. Thus, when planning quarter peals, all I need do is reference the names each month and write out a piece for our parish magazine, taking the details of each man from the book. Next is to assemble a band of eight ringers for a quarter peal. Luckily there are two evening services each month at St John’s. The choral evensong is the most appropriate service and the quarter peal is publicised in the notice sheet for that week with brief details of the men to be commemorated. A quarter scored, the details are then sent for publication in the Ringing World. Alresford residents are very appreciative of the bells. We quite often receive kind comments for our efforts.

Currently, we have two young recruits who have just started to ring at St John’s and have been signed up for the ‘Ringing Remembers’ project. By a strange coincidence, on a recent tower tidy-up morning, we came across a piece of board that was unearthed in 2013 in the clock case. Written in pencil, on a rough piece of board was the following:

“C.B. Eddoll and W.H. Jackson organised a peal of eight young ringers in order to fill up the gaps left by those who joined the colours in the great war against Germany in 1914. First peal rung by the young ringers was on 8 February 1916. The bells, rung by the young ringers are marked on the bells on the board on the wall near the treble bell”

Unfortunately, we were not able to locate the names. Guild reports for the relevant years throw no light on them either. There was only one ringer from Alresford who we know to have been killed and that was William James Curtis, DCM. He died on 18th April 1918. He and his father, Walter were both guild members in 1909.

Sgt Curtis’s name is on the memorial in Winchester Cathedral’s ringing chamber as well as in St John’s Church. He was buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

We hope that our two new ringers will be worthy successors: St John’s, New Alresford ringers doing their bit to REMEMBER.

ELIZABETH JOHNSON tower secretary.

Associated performances

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25 Nov 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
11 Nov 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1288 Grandsire Triples
14 Oct 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1344 Grandsire Triples
16 Sep 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
19 Aug 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
29 Jul 2018 Itchen Stoke (St Mary) 406 Triples and Major (2 Methods)
8 Jul 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
10 Jun 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
13 May 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1264 Plain Bob Major
15 Apr 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
11 Mar 2018 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1288 Grandsire Triples
12 Nov 2017 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
15 Oct 2017 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
17 Sep 2017 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Plain Bob Triples
9 Jul 2017 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
14 May 2017 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Plain Bob Triples
9 Apr 2017 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
12 Mar 2017 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
8 Jan 2017 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
13 Nov 2016 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
9 Oct 2016 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
11 Sep 2016 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Plain Bob Triples
10 Jul 2016 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
8 May 2016 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
13 Dec 2015 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
11 Oct 2015 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Plain Bob Triples
13 Sep 2015 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
19 Jul 2015 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Plain Bob Triples
14 Jun 2015 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
10 May 2015 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
7 Dec 2014 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Plain Bob Triples
9 Nov 2014 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples
21 Sep 2014 New Alresford (St John the Baptist) 1260 Grandsire Triples

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