First World War Memorial

Roll of Honour - those fallen in War

This image was taken in 1919, as a commemoration for all those souls who bravely fought and died in the Great War in 1914-1918. The inscriptions on the memorial are very beautiful and remind us lest we forget to pray for the dead. These are the following inscriptions we find on the memorial cross.(1) "It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead” (2 Maccabees 45-46).

 

(2) “In this sign we shall conquer.” A monumental divine sign given to the Roman Emperor Constantine in 312 a.d, before his epic battle with Maxentius. However before the Milvian Bridge battle he and his army saw a cross of light in the sky above the sun with words in Greek that are generally translated into Latin as In hoc signo vinces (‘In this sign conquer’).

 

That night Constantine had a dream in which Christ told him he should use the sign of the cross against his enemies. He was so impressed that he had the Christian symbol marked on his soldiers’ shields and when the Milvian Bridge battle gave him an overwhelming victory he attributed it to the God of the Christians. This was a monumental moment. Constantine became the Political Father of Christianity and gave Religious freedom to all Christians in the Empire. All great wars therefore waged in the name of Christ therefore are assured of victory. 

 

(3) “Come to me all that labour and are burdened and I will refresh you” (Matthew 11,28). We entrust all these fallen souls into the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (4) “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15,13). The roll of honour is a beautiful testimony to the love and sacrifice of these souls in the name of freedom for their country. 

 

From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, we shall remember them.

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