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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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September 28, 1917
Ringer Dies of Wounds
Bletchley company's Loss
The sad news of the death of Sapper L. Meager, 1/4th Cheshires Field Company, Royal Engineers, in France, has been received by his wife, through the captain of the company to which he belonged. The officer writes as follows: "It is my painful duty to have to inform you that your husband, Sapper L. Meager, died of wounds on the 28th of September on his way to hospital. He was wounded on the morning of the 28th while out at work, by a piece of shell. During the two months your husband was with his company he always did his duty, and was very well liked, both by his officers and by his comrades, and they wish to join with me in offering our sympathy in your bereavement."
Sapper L. Meager, who was 38 years of age, had been a member of the Bletchley, St. Mary's company for nearly 20 years, and was a good ringer on eight bells in all methods up to Double Norwich, although he was not keen on peal ringing, he had rung four peals, viz., three of Grandsire Triples and one Grandsire Doubles. He was always content with a touch or quarter-peal, but was quite willing to stand in for a peal to make the number up.
He had been a member of the North Bucks Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild since its formation.
He joined up in August 4th, 1916, and the Bletchley ringers have lost in him a valued member.
On Saturday, October 13th, a muffled peal was rung to his memory, and will be found recorded elsewhere. The bells were also rung, muffled, for Sunday services, the "whole pull and stand" being rung in the morning. Touching reference to his death was made by the Rev. F. W. Bennitt in his sermon, and appropriate hymns were chosen for the service, for as a boy, deceased was a member of the choir, and he was ready to assist with any church work. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn their loss, and heartfelt sympathy goes out to them.
The Ringing World
October 19, 1917