WYE FIRE SERVICE

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Reference WMO252634

Address:

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

CHURCH LANE

BOUGHTON ALUPH

TN25 4EU

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: WOODEN BOARD WITH LANCET SHAPED CENTER PART UPON WHICH IS THE INSCRIPTION IN WHITE,RED AND GOLD LETTERING. INSCRIPTION IS PAINTED ON TO A DARK BLUE BACKGROUND. PAINTED EDSIGN ABOVE THE INSCRIPTION AND MEDALLIONS ON THE TOP CORNERS OF THE MEMORIAL. MEDALLIONS OF CROSSED AXES AND FIREMANS HELMET AT THE TOP. FOLIATE GARLAND ABOVE THE INSCRIPTION WITH AN IMAGE OF THE BURNING CHURCH IN THE CENTRE OF IT
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REMEMBER THE SEVEN MEN OF WYE FIRE SERVICE WHO SAVED THE PILGRIK CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS FROM DETRUCTION BY FIRE BOMBS(names) IN THE LATE AFTERNOON OF MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 190 AT HE HEIGHT OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN. TWO HIGH EXPLOSIVE AND SOME FIVE HUNDRED INCENDIARY BOMBS WERE DROPPED NEAR THIS CHURCH.MANY FIRES BEGAN MOSTLY AMONGST THE NEARBY FARM BUILDINGS BUT LL SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN SWIFTLY EXTINGUISHED.HOWEVER ONE INCENDIARY BOMB WHICH LODGED ON THE CHURCH TOWER WAS OVERLOOKED,IT EVENTUALLY MELTED THE LEAD ROOF FIRING THE BEAMS BENEATH AND BY MIDNIGHT THE TOWER WAS AFLAME.WHEN WYE FIRE BRIGADE ARRIVED TWO ENEMY BOMBERS WERE CIRCLING OVERHEAD AND THE CHURCH TOWER HAD BECOME AN INFERNO FANNED BY THE HIGH WIND.WITH ONLY FARM LADDERS AVAILABLE THE FIRE WAS TREACHEROUSLY DIFFICULT TO TACKLE. NEVERTHLESS THE COURAGEOUS FIREMEN AT LAST REACHED THE AISLE ROOF.THEY THEN SCALED THE HAZARDOUS SLOPED OF THE NAVE ROOF TO THE TOP OF THE TOWER WHERE THY EVNTUALLY PUT OUT THE BLAZE.PILGRIM GIVE THANKS THAT THIS CHURCH SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST OF WAR. TAKE SHIELD OF FAITH WHEREWITH YE SHAL QUENCH ALL THE FIERY DARTS OF THE WICKED EPH6.16

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