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.