St Lawrence Bells to ring out for WW1 Centeneray

St Lawrence has announced it will ring its bells at 12.30 pm following the Sunday Service & Act of Remembrance in the church at 11.30am. It will join hundreds of other churches who will also ring their bells to commemorate an important moment in history.

On 11 November 2018, 100 years since Armistice, bells will ring out in unison from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country. Big Ben will also strike at 11am to mark the centenary.

To mark the final year of the First World War centenary commemorations, 1,400 new bell ringers will be recruited in honour of the 1,400 that lost their lives during the First World War.

Church bells across the UK remained restricted throughout the course of the war and only rang freely once Armistice was declared on 11 November 1918.



Bell ringers in the First World War

Many bell ringers joined the war effort, and many lost their lives. Just after the war, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers wrote to all bell towers to compile the Roll of Honour. At the time 1,100 men were reported as lost.

During the First World War Centenary the Central Council of Bell Ringers has been reviewing this list and has discovered a further 400 bell ringers who died in service. Two bell towers - Edington in Wiltshire and Bamburgh in Northumberland - lost 6 ringers each during the war. In total 1,400 bell ringers lost their lives.