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Last updated: Sat 1 Nov 2014

Nunney Remembers 1

An act of remembrance took place on 1 November to honour Reginald Keates, who served in the Royal Navy and died on 1 November 1914.

Nunney Church

Photo: John Webb

The men from Nunney and Holwell who gave their lives in the First World War are being remembered through a series of acts of remembrance.

Starting at Evensong in All Saints Church Nunney on Sunday 21 September, the 100th anniversary of the death of each serviceman will be remembered on or very close to the actual date.

On 1 November an act of remembrance was held to honour Reginald Keates, who served in the Royal Navy and died on 1 November 1914.

From the Nunney parish magazine of November 1914:

“Many of us in this parish are feeling grave anxiety over friends and relations now fighting for their country. Already sorrow has come to the home of Mr and Mrs Hillier, of Ridgeway in the loss of their son – our sympathy is extended to them at this time.

There are almost 50 men from Nunney serving their country, a number which makes us parishioners proud, and we already long for the day to come, when we may welcome them home, and peace may be restored.”

HMS Good Hope

HMS Good Hope

Able Seaman Reginald Keats was killed in action aged 25. He was the son of William and Louisa Keats of Mudwalls, Trudoxhill; Trudoxhill was part of Nunney at that time.

Keats was on HMS Good Hope, a 14,000 tons armoured cruiser, when she was sunk during the battle of the Coronel, off the coast of Chili. The Good Hope had caught fire for a second time from salvoes from the German ships and was unmanageable.

She was trying to steer towards the enemy, with her propellers, so she could use her torpedoes. Buring brightly in the night skyline, at 7.50pm an explosion occurred amidships, and her funnels went up in the air, and the flames rose to a heigh of 200 feet. All officers and men were killed.

Reginald’s name also appears on the Marston Church Memorial, formerly Trudoxhill church before closure.

HMS Good Hope

Rear-Admiral Christopher Cradock’s flagship, HMS ‘Good Hope’, on fire before blowing up at the Battle of Coronel, 1 November 1914, by William Lionel Wyllie, 1915-19 (?) (© National Maritime Museum Collections)

HMS Good Hope

Birmingham Gazette, Saturday 07 November 1914

The church opens at 6pm for each of the acts of remembrance. A short reading, a citation in memory of the man and a closing prayer will take place in the chancel or a side chapel.

You are very welcome to come to the church and to join in remembering and giving thanks for the ultimate sacrifice.

Nunney remembers

There will be further gatherings in the coming years until we reach 2018, when the end of the war will be commemorated. The date each month will be published in Postlebury News, on the church notice boards and on this website.

A small exhibition about the men who died will be on display in church.

Nunney resident Steve Thomas has a wealth of information on the Nunney fallen. If you or your family have anything you would like to add or include in an act of remembrance, please contact churchwarden Hilary Allom on 07899 958 699 or email hilary.allom@gmail.com.

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