Today we had a Requiem Mass for the repose of those killed in the 1st and 2nd World War who are commemorated on brass rolls of honour in the choir of the chapel and whose histories are in a booklet written by Chapel Warden Doreen Weller. Many of those killed were regular attenders at the Chapel or whose families had been worshippers. The names were read out together with details of when, and where, they had died.
Sir (Revd) Jne Smyth
In the Chapel is the tomb of Sir (Revd) Jne Smyth. It is not certain if he is actually buried here or underneath the chapel in the crypt. Although the original memorial vanished from the Chapel during the 18th century, a ‘rubbing’ has survived of a brass commemorating a master and chaplain who died in 1475 with an interesting epitaph:
“Here lyeth the body of Sir (Revd) Jne Smyth some tyme Maister of this place. A good householder, a fine man, large in almys, he did worship (was a credit) to all his kyne, all the feloship was the meryer that Sir Jne Smyth was ynne. I pray to God to have mercy on his soule and all Christen (souls) He passed to God the 11th day of November in the yere of Grace AD MCCCCLXXV. For Charitie say a paternoster and ave.!”
In accordance with the request that a Paternoster and an Ave be said for him we had Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary, sung in latin by a fine local singer and member of the congregation. Something we do every year at the Requiem of Remembrance