All Saints Church, Chelsworth
With many thanks to Julie Partridge:
“Our community has obtained two seated Tommy silhouettes which are much admired by all of our visitors and they form part of Chelsworth’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of WW1.
The two silhouettes are located in All Saints Church, Chelsworth, Suffolk IP7 7HU.
They represent two lost sons of Chelsworth from different conflicts, Private Charles Peck, of the Suffolk Regiment, a former gardener who was the only man who left Chelsworth but did not return from The Great War, he was killed in action in September 1917, at the age of 19. We have researched Charles’ short life and we felt that the installation of a Silhouette would be a fitting memorial to him and the sacrifice which he made.
The second silhouette represents Lance Corporal of Horse Jo Woodgate who was killed in Afghanistan in March 2010, aged 26. Jo spent his childhood in the village and his family have long-standing connections to Chelsworth.
The silhouettes have been placed in an area of the church where memorials to these two soldiers are located, this is an area for quiet contemplation. It is envisaged that the Tommies will remain in Chelsworth Church for a number of years as a lasting memorial to these two brave men.
We felt that it was important to join in with the national commemoration of the centenary of the end of WW1 and to bring the remembrance up to date by also commemorating a more recent loss to our community. These two Chelsworth men are not There But Not There within our midst.
The Silhouette installations are just one part of a number of events which have already taken place and will take place in Chelsworth later in 2018. In 2016 and 2017 we held special, well attended, services to commemorate the Battles of The Somme and Passchendaele, incorporating the centenary of the death of the only resident who lost his life in WW1.
We are also working together as a community to create a faux stained glass window depicting aspects of WW1 which will be unveiled at a village event in November 2018. I have also researched the men from Chelsworth who took part in The Great War and a book about them will shortly be available to everyone in the village.”