Memorials - Samlesbury - John Taylor R.G.A. Plaque
An unusual memorial as it also commemorates an event that took place in memorial of a friend and colleague bell-ringer who died during the war. The plaque is named under 'Change-ringers' in the UKNIWM database, however, I feel that this memorial should be named after the man whose life was celebrated in the events of 31 December 1919 - John Taylor R.G.A.
This is a bronze plaque which is situate in the tower of the church on the 1st floor by the bell ringing ropes on the southern wall. The unveiling was performed by Mr. James Taylor, Churchwarden on 27 October 1924 and was dedicated the same day by Canon Elsee. John Taylor R.G.A. is also recorded in the memorial book of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.
OF CHANGE RINGERS
AS A TOKEN OF RESPECT TO THE
MEMORY OF THE LATE GUNNER
JOHN TAYLOR R.G.A. SOME YEARS
A BELLRINGER OF THIS CHURCH
A PEAL OF KENT TREBLE BOB MAJOR
5024 CHANGES (BY E. TIMBRELL)
WITH BELLS HALF MUFFLED WAS
RUNG HERE IN 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES
ON THE 31ST DECEMBER 1919
THE RINGERS WERE STATIONED AS FOLLOWS
REV. T. W. BROADHEAD. M.A.. VICAR.
ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
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Edited 21 March 2016
Thank you to Len Redmayne, Churchwarden for access to St.Leonard's the Less.
Image (C) Charles O'Donnell