Shefford Woodlands


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Location:St Stephen's Church
OS Map Ref:SU333750
Description:Stained glass windows and ceramic tile plaque
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These windows are dedicated to those / who being dwellers in this hamlet or / worshippers in this church gave their / lives for their country in the cause of / mercy. Truth, righteousness & peace / in the years 1914-1918.
Clifford Coxe
Arthur Coxe
Cecil Coxe
Frank Davis
Tom Goodall
Thomas Hudson
Arthur Hudson
Stewart Langford
Edwd Pike
Stanley Robinson
George Udny
Their name liveth for evermore

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Shefford Woodlands War Memorial – Dedication Service, 17 Oct 1920.

Newbury Weekly News, 21 Oct 1920

War Memorial

On Sunday, October 17th, at St Stephen’s Church, an interesting War Memorial was dedicated at the afternoon service. The memorial consists of two stained glass windows on the south side of the church, and a tablet of glazed tiles, which is placed between the windows. The inscription on the tablet is as follows:

“These windows are dedicated to those who, being dwellers in this hamlet, or worshippers in this church, gave their lives for their country in the cause of Mercy, Truth, Righteousness and Peace in the years 1914-1919.
”Clifford Coxe, Arthur Coxe, Cecil Coxe, Frank Davis, Tom Goodall, Thomas Hudson, Arthur Hudson, Stewart Langford, Edward Pike, Stanley Robinson, George Udnay.
“Their name liveth for evermore”

The windows contain figures representing Mercy, Truth, Righteousness and Peace, and small scenes below the windows represent a ruined village in France, emblematic of war, and the Shefford Woodlands Crossroads and Church, emblematic of peace. The entire memorial is by Messrs Powell and Sons.

The dedication was made by the Rector of Great Shefford, the lessons were read by the Rev S Udny, vicar of Thornton Heath, and the sermon was preached by the Rev Hilgrove Coxe, and the service included specially selected hymns, and the anthem by Sullivan, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death”.

The difficulty of seating the congregation in the little church was met by filling the aisle with extra chairs. Representatives of all the families who had lost members were present and much thought had been given by many in the hamlet to all the details connected with the memorial. A detachment of the local Scouts attended the service.

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