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IS> .u ,n. I a 11 e,. at I Sw?sM?-?rw?. A special memorial service, under the united auspices of the churches of Gwaun- cae-gutwen. Cwmgorse, and Taïrwaith, was held at Carmel Chapel, Gwaun-cae-gurwen. last Sunday afternoon to pay a respectful tribute to the gallant, soldiers and sailors who I have fallen in the great %,ar. The sacred edifice was filled: to overflow: 1 he congregation. a rnost representative cHtf, was befittingly interspersed with a number of young men in various types of the K;ng s tiniform-men who had sein and gone tho the horrors of Armageddon, some with tt even a scratch, others badly rr. £ ;rned, though now on the high road to recovery. A large number of relatives of the departed heroes were also in attendance, and the hearts of all present went out to them in thsir distress. A hard-working committee had made ex- cellent arrangements. A programme, con- taining the order of the service, special hymns, together with a list of thirty-one names of those who had lost ii,,Iir lifts in the war, had beer, prepared. IVir. Jonah Evans, Dyffryn Clwyd, pre- sided in his usual able and efficient manner. The s^i'v.ce was begun by singing the well-known Welsh hymn, Marchog, Iesu," to the tune Hyfrydol." The Rev. D. S. Williams, St. David's, then read appropriate portions dealing with David's lamentation for Saul and Jonathan from Samuel 2. The Rev. T. Thomas, Seion, afterwards offered a most fervent prayer for the bereaved families and for God's ovjn peace. Mr. joiah Evans, in a concise address, referred to the service as being a red-letter one in :he history of the locality. The meet- ing would undoubtedly open wounds, but God in His great mercy would give strength to meet the trying circumstances. Mr. J. Oliver Rees, the organist of Carmel. himself a discharged sailor, then played the Dead March" in a most impressive and magnificent manner, the congregation standing meanwhile. I The Rev. T. M. Roderick, Tabernacle, prefaced his excellent Welsh address by thanking Police Sergeant Shillum and his staff for their leadiness in assisting so ener- getically in the compilation of the Roll of Honour for the district. He referred to the two predominating elements permeating the huge congregation, namely, those of sorrow and of thankfulness for s'lcb a victorious cessation of hostilities. He dwelt most feelingly on the great loss occasioned to the many sorrowing hearts and to society at large by the cutting short of so many valuable lives. But, he continued, we had also many things to be thankful for. We had been spared the horrible fate of Belgium and France through the heroism of millions of such men as those whose sacrifice they were commemorating that afternoon. Some years ago we had been deemed a degenerate race, but when a great and noble cause presented itself, our people had not failed in heroism Mr. Roderick touchingly referred to the lamentable death in action of Hedd Wyn, but he said that consolation was to be found in the fact that such sacrifice would not go astray. The Rev. E van Davies, B.A., Llanfair, I commenced his address in English, but the occasion demanded of him the medium of his mother tongue, and after a few sentences the spirit moved him to give expression to his noble thoughts and feelings in the vernacular. He referred to the service as not being an occasion for despondency. Of course, we could not help being despondent when our minds were rivetted on the departed heroes; but we should look beyond that. The thirty-one men had laid down their lives for those eternal principles—right and justice. Some people thought that theirs was the 6nl) right to use the words principle, conscience, and justice; but he maintained that he also had a right on Divine authority to use those very words. The blood of our heroes would prove of great saccour to coming generations. -Our duty in the future would be to do our Utmost in the noble cause of mankind. If we glanced over the devastation wrought in Belgium and France, we would then realise our debt to our preservers, who well deserved the verse suggested by Rudyard Kipling: These men liveth for ever," to be carved over their graves. Ages yet unborn would reap of the fruit of such sacrince and heroism, and the blood of our heroes demanded of us deeds commensurate to their great sacriifce.I The Rev. B. D. Davies, Carmel, in a touching address referred to the loss occa- sioned by the death in action of so many gallant lads. They were the hope of the nation in many spheres. They were in pos- session of the necessary energy to play their allotted parts, and our tears flowed in sym- pathy with those of the sorrowing relatives. The loss indeed was great, but the gain was also great. The gallant lads had not laid down their lives for relatives only, but for one and a The graves of cur heroes had j proved the bulwark which had withstood the onrush of the enemy, and had preserved us from a horrible fate. We were free that afternoon because of the graves of our dear lads. The foundation: of our peace was rooted in the resting places of our gallant defenders. The sacrifice had yielded such noble fruit as humanitarian, principles and brotherhood. The League of Nations should have its birth near the graves of our heroes, and we could not do too much to iceep alive the memory of these brave lads. The Welsh hymn, Duw mawr y rhyfeddodau maith," was then sung, and a blessing by the Rev. B. D. Davies, Carmel, terminated one of the most memorable ser- 1 vices in the annals of the locality. The excellent singing throughout was under the able leadership of Mr. Isaac Morris, the respected precentor of Carmel, whilst Mr. J, Oliver Rees ably presided at the organ. A most pleasing feature of the service was the waiving aside of political opinions and religious creeds; the sole object was to pay a respectful tribute to our gallant lads. Tt-at this noble unity may further ingrain itself into other aspects of our social and religious I life is the earnest wish of all. In the near future it is intended to embody and materialise the heartfelt tribute of the residents of the locality into a. worthy and lasting memorial in commemoration of the heroism and sacrifice-of those noble spirits who have laid down their lives for those eternal principles of right and jiutice.

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