[Bell Historians] Fwd: Memorial Bells enquiry

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Another example is the 8-bell Taylor chime at English Martyrs (RC) at Sparkhill, Birmingham - 1946, commemorating various WW2 losses including some killed in Tunisia, torpedoed returning from Ireland and killed in air raids on the parish
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Subject: RE: [Bell Historians] Fwd: Memorial Bells enquiry

The obvious thought is the Loughborough War Memorial Carillon in which bells
are dedicated to individuals.

There are lots of individual bells with names of the Fallen on them





Can anyone on the list help with this enquiry please?

By all means respond directly to Phillipa, but I would appreciate being
copied in.



From: "Philippa" <philippa.king at dsl.pipex.com>
To: <editor at ringingworld.co.uk>

Dear Robert

I am working on a project to restore a chime of ten  Memorial Bells at a
Baptist Church in East London. Installed in 1925, they are cast with the
names of over 169 local men from the church and district who died serving in
the First World War. One bell has the name of Prince Maurice of Battenberg,
the only member of the royal family to fall in the war, and one is dedicated
to The Unknown Warrior. 
One of the volunteers who is researching the men named on the bells - of
whom nearly all records have been lost - was told by someone at the Imperial
War Museum that this was the only set of war memorial bells they had heard
of where the names of the fallen were actually cast into the bells.  Others
may have an inscription of some kind but the names are listed elsewhere, for
example on a plaque. 
We hadn't realised it was so unusual to have the names of the fallen cast
into a chime or ring of bells, and we are trying to find out if there are in
fact any others like this - as opposed to dedications to one or two people.
Mr Donovan suggested your readers might have the knowledge to help.
The bells were cast by Gillett and Johnston and are played with a clavier
(or, in the past, an electro-pneumatic tune-playing machine, which is long
gone). Gillett and Johnston apparently only supplied bells of this kind
(though on a much larger scale) to one other Baptist church, Park Avenue
Baptist church in New York City which became the Riverside Church. 
I hope you can help.
Many thanks
Philippa King
Development Manager
Memorial Community Church
395 Barking Road, Plaistow
London  E13 8AL
020 7474 6603 (church office)
Support our Bell Tower Appeal at www.justgiving.com/momorialcc

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