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News from Bletchley

The Fenny Stratford and Bletchley newspaper from the end of Victoria's reign provides a detailed insight into the formation of the Bletchley band

A new newspaper in the 1930's continues the story.

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May 16, 1917
Memorial Service
A memorial service was held in St. Peter's Church, in place of Matins, on Sunday last, May 6th, in memory of Private Albert Miller, who, as reported in last Saturday's "Bucks Standard," has died of wounds received in France. Special Psalms were sung by the choir, and the Rector, the Rev. Charles Escritt, made a touching reference to the fact that Private Miller had been a keen and zealous worker in the church, and the whole village would miss his services very much, as not only was he a chorister but a ringer; and in concluding his sermon the Rector remarked that "greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friend." Prior to the service Mr. Charles Scott played "O rest in the Lord" and "How lovely are Thy dwellings," and at the conclusion the Dead March from "Saul." A muffled peal was rung by the ringers before and after the evening service.
The Bucks Standard
May 12, 1917