St Michael’s Remembrance Sunday service

Today's Remembrance Service at St Michael's Church, Elmwood Road W4 was well attended. 

Amongst those present were David Phillips (great nephew of Rodney Bowdidge who was killed at the Battle of Arras in April 1917) and Sallie Vallins and Hugh Bailey (niece and first cousin once removed of brothers Leslie and Frank Coombs who lost their lives in the battle of the Somme in July 1916.

Neither Sallie nor Hugh were knowingly aware of each other until recently. Hugh found out about Sallie on the Heroes of Chiswick website when browsing the web and wrote to both her and Vicar, Martine Oborne about some photographs of the Coombs family that were amongst some family records.

They met for the first time at today's remembrance service and to read more about this story and see some photographs click here.

Heroes of Chiswick video feature on new Chiswick Calendar website

The Chiswick Calendar is a new website which celebrates Chiswick, its inhabitants, institutions and enterprises, in photography and video. As part of their November 2014 events calendar, they produced a video of the Heroes of Chiswick project. The video includes interviews with Revd Martine Oborne, vicar of St Michael's and Steve Newbold, a project team member. Click here to see the eight minute video.