Combpyne Rousdon Remembers - 4 August 2014, 2pm - Programme and Order of Service

Today, the August 4th 2014, is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. 

Combpyne and Rousdon will be commemorating this momentous event in our nation’s history with an afternoon of remembrance and thanks. The intention is not to glorify the war but to understand it better, acknowledge the sacrifice of many members of our past community and see how the war impacted on our village and estate.

The afternoon will include:

  • A dedication service around the war memorial, attended by a number of relatives of those whose names are on the memorial as Fallen.
  • Readings, poems and hymns supported by Axe Valley Community Choir
  • The sounding of Last Post by members of 675 Squadron Army Air Corps (Taunton)
  • The lowering of the Royal British Legion standard
  • An exhibition ‘Combpyne Rousdon Remembers’ in Peek Hall
  • Opportunities to research your WW1 ancestors
  • Talks by local historians
  • A ‘Poppy’ Devon Cream Tea in the grounds of North Lodge
  • Axe Valley Community Choir leading the singing of WW1 songs

    The Detailed Programme is:

2.00 p.m.        Rousdon War Memorial

Rededication Service conducted by the Reverend John Streeting, Rector of the Axe Valley Mission Community.  Singing accompanied by Axe Valley Community Choir; Musical Director Edward Jacobs.

Welcome and introductory remarks

Hymn: I Vow To Thee My Country

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,

Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;

The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,

That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;

The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,

The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,

Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;

We may not count her armies; we may not see her King;

Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;

And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,

And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

Act of Rededication                          The Rector

Homage to the Fallen: read by relatives of the fallen and members of the community, accompanied by ‘O Valiant Hearts’ played by Edward Jacobs

Farrier Corporal Frederick Bates - Kevin Salter

Lance Corporal Herbert Cleal - Graham Jones

Private John Gapper - Roger Critchard (nephew)

Sergeant Henry Harris - Anne Fleming

Private Ernest Loveridge - Judith Frampton, née Loveridge

Private Arthur Meaker  - William Meaker (nephew)

Lance Corporal John Nichols - Tabitha Young

Lieutenant Hugh Quidhampton - Philip Ball

Private Robert Northcott - Ralph Myers

Sergeant Edward Priddice - Ruth Priddice (cousin)

Private John Sansom - Christine Sansom (cousin)

Private Frank Summers - Marian Sydenham, née Summers

Private George Whatley - Drewe Henley

Last Post:

Trooper Nathan Pirt 675 (Rifles) Sqn AAC

Lowering of RBL Standard

Seaton Royal British Legion

The Exhortation

The Venerable Frank Johnston (former Chaplain-General to the Forces)

Response (all)

We Will Remember Them’

The Silent Tribute

The Kohima Epitaph

The Venerable Frank Johnston


Raising of RBL Standard                  


Eternal Father Strong to Save

Eternal Father, strong to save,

Whose arm does bind the restless wave,

Who bids the mighty ocean deep

Its own appointed limits keep;

Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

For those in peril on the sea!

O Saviour, whose almighty word

The winds and waves submissive heard

Who walked upon the foaming deep,

And calm amidst its rage did sleep;

Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood

Upon the chaos dark and rude,

And bid its angry tumult cease,

And give, for wild confusion, peace;

Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!

Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;

From rock and tempest, fire and foe,

Protect them whereso’er they go;

Thus evermore shall rise to Thee

Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Prayers and intercessions               

The Rector

Before Action

read by Jan Jones, introduced by Roy Jones

In Flanders Field

read by Lyn Henley

The National Anthem

God save our gracious Queen,

Long live our noble Queen,

God save the Queen!

Send her victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us,

God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store

On her be pleased to pour,

Long may she reign;

May she defend our laws,

And ever give us cause

To sing with heart and voice,

God save the Queen!

The Blessing

All visitors and guests are now invited to go to the Peek Hall.



For Our Tomorrow - Book Launch at Rousdon...

Large numbers of local residents and friends turned out on Thursday morning to support the launch, at the Dower House Hotel, Roudon, of the book "For Our Tomorrow" written by local historian and member of Combpyne-Rousdon Parish Council, Roy Jones.

Roy's thoroughly researched book uncovers the stories behind the names on the Rousdon War Memorial of those from the Parish who fell during the first World War. The launch was supported by the Royal British Legion, who will be the beneficiary of all profits from book sales. In introducing his book Roy was movingly aided by relatives of surviving relatives of those in whose memory the Rousdon Memorial was erected.

Roy concluded the morning with a popular book signing to add the final unique personal touch to his work.

Combpyne-Rousdon Parish Council has reserved copies to donate one to each family with a school-age child permanently resident in the parish. To make sure of your limited edition copy please complete the order form below. The retail price is £9.95. One hundred percent of the profits are being donated to the British Legion.

If you would like buy copies, please call the author, Roy Jones, on 01297 443737, or send your payment with a cheque for £9.95, plus £3.00 postage and packing (total £12.95) payable to 'Roy Jones' at 8 Old Home Farm, Rousdon, Lyme Regis, Devon DT7 3YL

Please ensure that you include your full name and address details.



For Our Tomorrow - Free copies for Combpyne-Rousdon Children

For Our Tomorrow, By Roy Jones

To coincide with the launch of Roy Jones’ book and as a commemoration of this year’s 100 year Anniversary of World War 1, the Parish Council would like to give a copy of the book to each family in the Parish with children under 16.

If you come into this category and so that we do not miss anyone, please contact the clerk on

01297 24817/07980 175007


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Combpyne-Rousdon Remembers... 4th August 2014

One of Devon’s smallest parishes, Combpyne and Rousdon near Lyme Regis, is preparing to remember in a big way the sacrifices and hardships of its men, women and children during the First World War.  Thirteen men who worked on the Rousdon Estate, and lived in the village or neighbouring Axmouth, were killed in that ‘war to end all wars’; for its population more men than the national average.  Nearly every family suffered, from the humble farm labourer to the blacksmith, not forgetting Sir Wilfrid Peek’s family who owned the estate.

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