Sunday Church parade as usual AM Milford Church tonight
Brought up in the Church of England, Percy was familiar with its liturgies. The service of Evening Prayer on a Sunday evening was a much-loved form of worship. Its prescribed prayers would have particular resonance in time of war.
Priest: “O Lord, save thy people.”
Response: “And bless thine inheritance.”
Priest: “Give peace in our time, O Lord.”
Response: “Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.”
In the Third Collect (or prayer of the whole congregation) everyone repeats:
“Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Bertie Cox used his Sunday to write letters: “Here we are again; back at Whitley [sic] Camp; it feels like being back home. It’s one awful camp [Larkhill] up there, nothing but mud, and cold and damp. 1800 Canadians died there from the 1st contingent of 20,000 men.” (1) He was referring to the winter of 1914-1915.
(1) Cox, Bertram Howard. Letter to his sister-in-law Mabel, January 21, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project
The postcard view of Milford Church of St.John the Evangelist is almost certainly a photograph by Francis Frith from 1921. It shows the War Memorial cross, which bears the names of 45 Milford men who never returned to the parish.