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Opening Ceremony of the
Heworth Colliery War Memorial

Sunday, 16th July 1922


The Memorial



9th Durham Light Infantry regimental Hymn

"Abide With Me"

Abide with me! fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens, Lord with me abid!
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me!

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou, Who changeth not, abide with me!

I need Thy presence every passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me?

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless:
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold then Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, 0 Lord, abide with me;



Opening Remarks

By the Chairman, Mr. Arthur Henderson, who will introduce Lt. Col. Shakespear, C.M.G., C.I.E., D.S.O., and call upon him to unveil the Memorial.

Lt. Col. Shakespear, C.M.G., C.I,E., D.S.O., will

Unveil the Memorial.


By The Rev. Father Costello.

Platoon Fire.

The Last Post.

One Minute Interval of Silence.

The Reveille

Brief Addresses

By Lt. Col. Shakespear, C.M.G., C.I.E., D.S.O.
Rev. C.L. Gwilliam.
Mr. Isaac Rule.
Major J. English.

Laying of Wreaths

Wreathe will be laid on the Memorial as follows :

By Mrs. English, the organizer of the Women's Committee, who raised the funds for the Memorial, on behalf of the Committee.

By Mr. H.E. Anderson on behalf of the Heworth Coal Co., Ltd.

By Mrs. Wood, who had three sons killed in action, on behalf of the Miners of Heworth Colliery.

By Mrs. Blythman, who lost one son and two sons-in-law in the War, on behalf of the Colliery Officials.

By Mrs. Isabella Gustard, whose husband was killed in action, on behalf of the Deputy-Overmen of Heworth Colliery.

By Mr. Waggott On Behalf Of The Enginemen Of Heworth Colliery.

By Mr. John Gibson On Behalf Of The Mechanics Of Heworth Colliery.

And by any others who wish to do so.



GOD of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine -
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
The captains and the kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
A humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget, lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word-
Thy mercy on Thy people, Lord!



By Rev. G.W. Taylor.

National Anthem

God save our Gracious King,
Long live our Noble King,
God save the King.
Send him victorious;
Happy and glorious;
Long to reign over us;
God save the King.


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