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Order of service for Remembrance Day in Walsall

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Order of service for Walsall's Remembrance Day parade 

Order of service Walsall
Remembrance Day in Walsall

Procession to the Cenotaph and Carless Memorial

10.05 a.m.

Lord Lieutenant (Sir John Crabtree OBE), The Worshipful the Mayor (Councillor Chris Towe), the Mayoress, Leader and Chief Executive of the Council, Member of Parliament, Honorary Freemen of the Borough of Walsall, Clergy, Members of Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, Justices of the Peace, Service Personnel, representatives of societies, public bodies and organisations, veterans of the Sikh community, members of other faith communities and Officers of the Council will assemble at the Council House.

10.05 a.m.

The following Units are requested to assemble at Hatherton Road and Hatherton Street:

  • The Staffordshire Band
  • 101 Force Support Battalion REME
  • 159 Div Sp Company
  • Cheshire Regiment Association
  • Mercian Volunteers Regimental Association
  • Walsall Sea Cadets
  • Queen Mary’s Grammar School Combined Cadet Force
  • Various uniformed youth organisations



10.25 a.m.

The Procession will march to the Cenotaph in the order detailed overleaf, and by the following route: Lichfield Street, Lower Bridge Street, The Bridge, Bradford Street.

10.35 a.m.

The Procession will arrive at the Cenotaph in Bradford Place and form in the roadway round the Cenotaph.  Walsall Sea Cadets will provide a Guard of Honour for the Mayoral Party.

The Mayoral Party will enter the Cenotaph Garden and will take their places ready for the commencement of the Service.

10.40 a.m.

The Service, which will be amplified, will be conducted by Canon Rob Hall, vicar of St. Paul’s and St. Luke’s, Walsall.  A sign language interpreter will relay the service for the hard of hearing. Anyone wanting to see the interpreter may wish to stand as close to the front as possible.

All present at the Cenotaph are requested to join in singing the hymns accompanied by The Staffordshire Band and members of Walsall churches.



1. Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven

To His feet thy tribute bring

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

Who like thee His praise should sing

Praise Him! Praise Him!

Praise him! Praise Him!

Praise the everlasting King.


2. Praise Him for His grace and favour

To our fathers in distress

Praise Him, still the same as ever

Slow to chide, and swift to bless

Praise Him! Praise Him!

Praise him! Praise Him! 

Glorious in His faithfulness.


3. Father-like He tends and spares us

Well our feeble frame He knows

In His hands He gently bears us

Rescues us from all our foes

Praise Him! Praise Him!

Praise him! Praise Him! 

Widely yet His mercy flows


4. Angels in the height adore Him;

Ye behold Him face to face;

Sun and moon, bow down before Him,

Dwellers all in time and space.

Praise Him! Praise Him!

Praise him! Praise Him!

Praise with us the God of grace.


  • Bible reading- Pastor Debo Adesina – Victory Centre Walsall
  • Address- Anita Edwards – Reader St. Paul’s and St. Luke’s Walsall
  • The prayers- Revd Chris Lane - Mayor’s Chaplain and Balbir Seimar – Hindu Forum
  • Exhortation- Read by a Walsall veteran

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them, We will remember them”


10.59 a.m.

Bugler from The Staffordshire Band will sound “The last post”.


11.00 a.m.

The two minutes' silence. The Bugler will then sound the “Reveille".


Kohima Epitaph

Read by a Walsall veteran

“When you go home, Tell them of us and say

For your tomorrow, We gave our today”

The Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor of Walsall will lead the laying of wreaths during the first verse of the following hymn:



1.Dear Lord and Father of mankind

forgive our foolish ways!

Reclothe us in our rightful mind

in purer lives thy service find

in deeper reverence praise

in deeper reverence praise


2.In simple trust like theirs who heard

beside the Syrian sea

the gracious calling of the Lord

let us, like them, without a word

rise up and follow thee

rise up and follow thee


3. O Sabbath rest by Galilee!

O calm of hills above

where Jesus knelt to share with thee

the silence of eternity

interpreted by love!

Interpreted by love!


4.Drop thy still dews of quietness

till all our strivings cease

take from our souls the strain and


and let our ordered lives confess

the beauty of thy peace

the beauty of thy peace


5.Breathe through the heats of our desire

thy coolness and thy balm

let sense be dumb, let flesh retire

speak through the earthquake, wind and fire

O still small voice of calm!

O still small voice of calm!



1. I vow to thee, my country – all earthly things above

Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love

The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test

That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best

The love that never falters, the love that pays the price

The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice


2. And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago

Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know

We may not count her armies, we may not see her King

Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering

And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase

And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace



Canon Rob Hall – vicar of St. Paul’s and St. Luke’s Walsall

All present are requested to sing the first verse of the National Anthem accompanied by The Staffordshire Band and members of Walsall churches.

​​​​At the conclusion of the Service the Mayoral Party will return along the same route to the Council House, where the Mayor will take the salute.  Mace Bearers and Standard Bearers will flank the saluting base.

Units will re-form in the same order and proceed along the same route to march past the saluting base. 

The Mayor, accompanied by members of the Carless family and a representative from the Royal Naval Association, will proceed to the Carless V.C. Memorial and will place a wreath thereon on behalf of the Town.  Others desiring to lay wreaths may then do so. 


General dispersal.

Ex-Servicemen are requested to note that uniforms will not be worn. Medals and Decorations will be worn outside coats.


Note: All lost/found children should be taken to the Lost Child Point, which is next to the advertising board at the Cenotaph (opposite the band) or please alert a member of the security team on duty around the Cenotaph.          

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