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by ben last modified 15 Nov, 2018 04:33 PM

By the Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne

I was recently given the details of four women from Dorset who lost their lives in the First World War.

Dorothy Stacey died aged 25 while serving with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service.

Mildred David, whose father was Rector of Hazelbury Bryan, died while serving as an ambulance driver with the French Red Cross.

Annie Neish, aged 32, died in Reading after nursing a soldier with septic pneumonia.

Dorothy White, aged 20, died whilst serving with the Women’s Royal Naval Service.

Stories I would never have known had someone not researched them.

Stories shape our remembrance and it is encouraging to see, over the last few years, how local communities have worked hard to remember individuals who have died in war.

In the First World War, 20 million people died. That could so easily remain a shocking statistic, if it were not for names on our memorials and our year by year acts of remembrance.

Stories shape who we are and the sharing of them is important to new generations.

As we recall those names and those who gave their lives in the past so that we may enjoy freedom now; as we think of each poppy as a person; and try to come to terms with such unimaginable loss, let us pray that our story too may help shape a different world.

“Lord, make me a channel of your peace, where there is hatred let me bring your love, where there is injury, your pardon Lord and where there’s doubt, true faith in you.”

Taken from the latest edition of Grapevine. Page here

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