Fr Hugh’s Homily
I don’t know why, but we have only one name in the church of a soldier who died in the First World War. There must have been more, but only Private Robert Williams is on the wall. Every year the family still remember him with a Mass and in other ways. There is nothing remarkable about him as soldiers go. No VC, no medals, no mention in despatches. In fact he was not right at the front when he died but killed by a bomb in Zuydcoote near Dunkirk, in 1917. He was an ordinary soldier. He was in the Medical Corps, an orderly in the Sergeants’ Mess, always cheerful apparently and he used to cut hair for the others and do shaves, those were his gifts. You could fill the wall with names, some no doubt much better known even famous, but just to have his name is somehow fine. He represents so many ordinary people for us……
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