Sunday 22nd November - Online Service

Welcome to the online Fetteresso Church Service - Church At Home for this week.

Todays Online Church At Home Service is a recording of the Remembrance Service that we held in Fetteresso Church on the 8th November. This was a time of Remembrance and quiet reflection led by Roseanne Shewan and the Rev Dr Bill Wallace. Very many thanks to Roseanne and Bill for leading us in that time of Remembrance and reflection. Due to the current guidelines any sung music praise items in this Online Service have been added in from our extensive Fetteresso Digital Sound Archives.

The Stonehaven War Memorial sits on the Black Hill overlooking the town and the wider Howe of the Mearns area. This serves as a reminder to us of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is only because of their selfless service that we have the freedoms that we enjoy today. I am sure many a tourist to the town may think the distant building is some sort of folly. Well the local architect John Ellis who designed the War memorial did give the memorial an appearance of an unfinished monument to reflect the unfinished lives of those who perished. This is even more poignant as one of the names on the memorial is John Ellis’s brother Gardner Ellis who served in a New Zealand Regiment and died in Egypt on the 17th June 1915 after serving at Gallipoli. Indeed, the names of the main land and sea battles of World War one are carved round the top of the Monument including Gallipoli.

It was so very moving when in 2018 at the remembrance service in St James’s to mark 100 years since the end of world War one, to hear the names of those on the Roll of Honour read out by the youngsters from the affiliated armed services as St James’s Bell tolled.  One of the 162 names read out was Sister Helen Milne and she is the only female named on the Stonehaven War memorial.  She served in the Indian Theatre of war as a Queen Alexandra Nurse on hospital ships carrying wounded men from Bombay to the Persian Gulf.   Sadly, Helen died aged 31 of dysentery on 23rd Nov 1917 and was buried in Kirkee cemetery Pune Mumbai.   This year, 2020 is the Year of The Nurse so how fitting it is to remember and give thanks for all the service of Nurses in whatever capacity and especially those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the service of others. This tribute was read out at Helen Milnes memorial Service:

“How gladly and bravely she went away when the call came to her to face the risks of foreign service, She was strong highly trained and exceedingly competent in her profession”

Should you wish to learn more of Stonehaven at War and at peace you may want to look at the video I produced “Stonehaven War & Peace 1914 to 1918 Remembering with Honour” just use the following link.

Keep Safe Keep Singing Keep Serving

(Keith Stewart).