Bradford Grammar School shares Kettlewell and Upper Wharfedale Remembrance Day Service.
This year the annual Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial in Kettlewell at 3.00 pm was supported by former staff and pupils of Bradford Grammar School who also arranged a supplementary service in the village Church of St Mary’s to follow.
Charles Godfrey Haggas Cutcliffe Hyne was born in early 1898 at Heaton Lodge, Bradford. He was the grandson of Rev Charles Wright Noble Hyne, the vicar of Bierley, and the son of Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne, the famous Victorian and Edwardian adventure writer of the Captain Kettle books. Like his father, Charles Godfrey was educated at Bradford Grammar School. But when the family moved permanently to Kettlewell, he finished his education as a boarder at Rugby School.
see attached photo of Charles Godfrey and his dog, Roy, in Kettlewell
On leaving Rugby School he was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards in February 1916. He went to France in May that year and in August he was promoted Lieutenant and posted to the Guards Brigade Trench Mortar Battery. On 15 September he was supporting the battalions advance to the north-east of Ginchy when 17 out of his 25 mortar crews were either killed or wounded. He was fetching ammunition himself, as nobody else had managed to get through, when he was shot in the thigh by a sniper. He saved his guns, although the other mortars in the Battery were lost. He was evacuated back to London, to the Park Lane home of the Hon. Mrs. F. Guest, which was in use as a Military Hospital, and it was reported in the Bradford newspapers that he was ‘severely wounded.’
Charles Godfrey died on 21st November. His body was brought to Kettlewell where he was buried in the churchyard on the 25th with military honours. His Colonel wrote of him:- ’He was regarded with sincere affection by his brother Officers, and he always did his duty splendidly.’ Another officer wrote:- ‘He was truly an excellent fellow and as brave as a lion.’ A Sergeant in his Company, who was wounded the same day, said:- ‘He was as fearless and tactful as he was popular in the Regiment.’
Charles Godfrey’s biography:
He is remembered in St Mary’s Church, Kettlewell with a magnificent stained glass east window, situated above the altar (picture attached). He is also on the Memorial Lych Gate of St John’s Church, Bierley.
Photograph of the east window of St Mary’s Church, Kettlewell.
In conjunction with the School, the Old Bradfordians Association are remembering all of their fellow former pupils who died in WWI. On the 100th anniversary to the day of the death of each, a service is held at the School War Memorial when an engraved memorial cross is placed with others for those who have fallen previously and a biography published of the pupil and read. In cases where they died of wounds and are buried locally, a duplicate service is held at the graveside.
On requesting permission to remember Charles Hyne in the church, the Vicar of Upper Wharfedale, Rev James Theodosius invited BGS to join with the village service of Remembrance Day. Following remembrance at the War Memorial the congregation processed to the church for the second part of the service. The School also donated specially printed service sheets.
Many former pupils and staff attended. BGS students Ben Longfield and Henry Taggart played in unison the Last Post and also the Rouse to conclude the two minute silence both at the war memorial and in the church. The cross in the church and a copy of the biography was placed beneath the window by Gordon Green (Old Bradfordian Past President) and at the grave by Mike Sharpe (former Deputy Headmaster). The biography was written and read by Nicholas Hooper (former Head of History) and Trevor Smith (Old Bradfordian and project organiser) recited In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, which is the origin of the poppy being adopted as the symbol of remembrance.
At end of the service, the Vicar of Upper Wharfedale, Rev James Theodosius, thanked the visitors from Bradford Grammar School for making it a particularly memorable day by enriching it.
For further information contact:
Trevor Smith, BGS Remembrance Project Organiser
Rev James Theodosius
Posted in Provincial News on November 14th, 2016 by Kevin Gould