Hide Articles List

13 articles on this Page



Denbigh Sheep Dog Trials and…







The Late Lieutenant G. V.…


The Late Lieutenant G. V. Naylor-Leyfand. We have obtained the following further tributes to this gallant young officer since the issue of last week's edition. His Colonel (Lord Crichton) wrote a long letter to the family in praise and eorrow, in which he described him as his best subaltern. The General commanding the Household Cavalry also wrote of their grief and loss, as Lieut Naylor- The General commanding the Household Cavalry also wrote of their grief and loss, as Lieut Naylor- Leyland was the bravest of the brave and absolutely dependable in stress and danger they felt his loss acutely. Many members of the Royal Family'called personally upon Lady Naylor-Leyland to express their sympathy with her in the loss of her gallant young son. A touching incident was when one of the troopers of Lieut Naylor- Leyland's troop, when lying danger- ously wounded in Hospital, asked Lady Naylor-Leyland to come and see him so that he could tell her how devoted they all were to him and of his thoughtful kindness of his remarkable courage and bravery and how they would have followed him anywhere. MEMORIAL SERVICE. A special service was held at Llanelidan church on Sunday last, the anniversary of Lieut. G Naylor- Leyland's death. This is the first anniversary of his death that the family have spent at Nantclwyd Hall. The altar and chancel were beautifully decor- ated with white flowers and a magnificent cross placed beneath the memorial. The special hymns elected were Let Saints on earth in concert sin3." Hark, hark my soul," and Lead, kindly Light." The rector (the Rev John Morris, M.A.) preached from the text, St Luke 24 8. They remembered His words." He referred to the occasion when the words were lirst used. It was at the empty grave of our Lord that the women remembered His words. That was the experience of many of us. Alluding to the deceased officer he said We, who had the privilege of knowing the young officer, the ¡jh anniversary of whose fall we celebrate to day, remember his words. Those who were near and de ir to him will always re- member his words with affection as a most saored possession. I well remember bis words wuen wnh the dear vision of a seerâI had almost saidâan inspired seerâhe spo'ie of ihe war that WAS bound to break out on the continent of Eirope in which this country would be invo vei I could see nothing myself at the time to disturb my peace of mind-I may have had my doubts after listening to him marshalling with the skill of an experienced counsel, the facts on which he lased his opinion. Still I thought the events of he morrow would be much as those of to-day, f n l the happenings of each day would succeed one another with the same monotonous and un- varying regularity as that to which I had grown eaustomed to witnessing for so many years, and that nothing would be allowed to break the peace of the world in the manner he described and that common sense would surely prevail in the end, if nothing else would But he with all the vigour and ardour of youth assured us who were listen- ing to him at the time that we should have a rude awakening some day and sooner than we thought to the true state of affairs. Well, what did he do, speaking as he was with the authority of almost a prophet ? What does one do in view of tho gathering clouds, the lowering sky and the sun signs of an approaching storm ? The cautious and the pruJent naturally seek shelter from the coming tempest in a place of safety away from all harm whatever its effects may b3 on those it may overtake. But the young officer whom we now mourn did not act in that manner. When he saw the clouds of war just above the horizon he might have sought shelter in a foreigh country, in a city of refuge,' a the ancients of old time did when in danger, where he would be out of the reach and peril of war, as some of his fellow-countrymen, no doubt did But he did not belong to them. His views principles, motives, associations, object of life, were not those of such like people. He therefore stood the :-torm he awaited it like a sentinel at his post, he equipped himself with all possible speed and with a giant's at ides he marched on- ward, placing himself under training in order to resist the mighty force, which threatened to engulf the world as surely as an avalanche broken away from its fastenings would sweep in its course the mountaineer over the precipcies to his doom. He knew, that "whosoever will save his life shall lose it and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it." He has found it in con- tnouting to the preservation of countless lives throughout the world And his name today is inscribed among the great of the land on the Roll of Honour, which will remain among the priceless treasures of the country to be remem- bered through all generations No one will think lightly of the wish to be remembered. Nobody want3 to be forgotten. Remember me is an old plea âa heart plea rather than a heal plea. We can bear anything when we know that we are being remembered in affec- t:o i, or solicitude or prayer, or all three. Will uy countrymen remember me," whispered Presi- dent Garfield just before he died. So speaks the I heut instinctively and constantly. To remem ber means literally, to member again-" It means "count me in with your circle." It mean., Answer with my nama when I am not present, or, cannot speak for myself It means "keep my face in the album of your heart." Member me again. This surely we shall do we shall renumber with gratitude in our prayers him the anniversary of whose fall we celebrate to day. We shall remember his noble deeds and the beautiful example he has left bahind for us, who worship in this church. His memory as well as the memory of all those brave boys who fell after him and in the same cause as he fell, will be always enshrined in the heart of the country. May we therefore with the same childlike and simple faith, and with the same persistency, as the little maid of eight years o'.d, in Wordworth's poom, who, having lost in deith her six little brothers and sisters, would still have her will that they were hers, count out beloved ones as members of our family although gone to their o reward before us.