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"Sunday, November 5th, 1922, will long be remembered as the day which saw the deep moving spirit of Ewell, saw the well-to-do of its inhabitants as well as the poorest, saw old and infirm as well as the quite young children, assemble to take part in proceedings which were a touching manifestation of the feeling of loving gratitude and remembrance entertained towards the Sons of the Parish, who even unto death gave all they had to give for the cause of righteousness during the great and memorable period in the world's history - 1914-1918. Never has Ewell Church been so crowded as it was on Sunday afternoon. Every part of the building including the gallery, so rarely used, was occupied, and many persons anxious to enter the Church were unable to do so."May I take this opportunity to thank you all for the wonderful way in which you responded to the call of duty. You all came and did what you could to show your gratitude to everyone who joined up. From the depths of your heart you said "Thank you" to the men who fell, and to the men who were spared. From your hearts you prayed for the living and the dead. Those prayers and thanks came from the Rich and Poor, from Old and young-----they came from the Ringers in the Belfry as they rang the muffled peal-----they came from the Band, the Organ and Choir as they lead the singing of the hymns-----they came in unison from the vast concourse, and the long procession representing every branch of work and thought and every useful organisation in our village life. We view the procession afresh. The Band, Parish Councillors, The Choir, The Vicar and The Rev. E.E. Cleal (Congregational) walking side by side, the Churchwardens, the Ex-service Men, Fire Brigade, Members of The Old Boys' Association and the Boy scouts! Thanksgiving and Prayer indeed sprang from hearts in tune, from Souls in Unison, That was the joy and beauty of it all-----UNITY! Never a thought about class distinction! Never a thought about differences in religious belief! "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in Unity!" We shall, I know, look forward, year by year, to this united gathering; and pray, as we think of the Heroes in this world and the next, "God bless them all." Shall we also make it a kind of preparation for Christmas which proclaims its glad message to the World of "Glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace, goodwill towards men." May every one of us in Ewell do what we can to make these angelic words a blessed reality. In conclusion, let me wish you all from the bottom of my heart a very happy Christmas.
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