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Re: St George's Church, HMS Pembroke, Chatham
« Reply #27 on: September 15, 2014, 15:33:38 »
A few photos from my visit on Saturday:

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Re: St George's Church, HMS Pembroke, Chatham
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2013, 10:56:40 »
Order of Service for the Unveiling and Dedication by the Duke Of Gloucester of two windows in the church as a tribute to Nore Command on 8th July 1954:

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« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2013, 18:14:30 »
Some more :)

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« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2013, 20:05:52 »
Plans :)

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Re: St George's Church, HMS Pembroke, Chatham
« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2013, 10:25:00 »
In reply to Man of Kent. There is a pipe Organ in Saint Georges Centre (Church), and it is regularly maintained by Medway Council.

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« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2012, 20:50:41 »
VISIT OF THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER TO ROYAL NAVAL BARRACKS
8TH JULY, 1954

In order that proper reception arrangements may be made for the unveiling ceremony at St. George’s Church in the Royal Naval Barracks on 8th July, 1954, the Commodore requests that guests will arrive at the Main Gate of the Royal Naval Barracks in accordance with the following time schedule:-

0953     The Commander 1st A.A. Brigade.
0954¼   The Garrison Commander.
0956     The Admiral Superintendent.
0957½   The Representative of the Board of Admiralty.
0959     The Worshipful The Mayor of Chatham.
1000½   The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Rochester.
1002     The Worshipful The Mayor of Gillingham.

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« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2012, 16:58:18 »
Chatham Port Division – Memorial to His Late Majesty King George VI and Presentation of New Queen’s Colour to the Nore Command

A memorial, the cost of which has been subscribed by ships and establishments in the Nore Command, is to be erected to His Late Majesty King George the Sixth in the Depot Church of St. George, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
2.   The memorial takes the form of two stained glass windows which have been designed by Mr. Hugh Easton, who executed thirteen other windows in the choir and sanctuary of the church.  These form the major part of the 1939-45 War Memorial; the two new windows will complete that set.
3.   The bottom panel of one window depicts the rear group of the Chatham gun’s crew passing through the gates of Buckingham Palace with the cortage on the occasion of the funeral of the late King.  Above is represented the Risen Christ, bearing on his left shoulder a white flag with a red cross of St. George.  The other window consists of the Royal Coat-of-Arms over the late King’s Naval cap, sword and belt on a white Ensign.  Below is the inscription:-

“Remember before God King George the Sixth who loved his Navy, and devoted his life to the Service of his people”

Followed by a verse from a poem by Lionel Jackson:-

“Yet have I seen him live
And owned my friend, a King;
All that he came to give
He gave; and I, who sing his praise,
Bring all I have to bring”.

4.   His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has graciously consented to unveil the Memorial which will be dedicated by the Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of Rochester at a service to be held in the Church of St. George on Thursday, 8th July, 1954.
5.   The Commodore, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham, will be issuing invitations to attend the unveiling to representatives from ships and establishments who contributed to eh Memorial Fund.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has also graciously consented to present a new Queen’s Colour to the Nore Command.  This ceremony will also take place in the Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham, on Thursday, 8th July, immediately following the service referred to in paragraph 4 above.
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« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2012, 15:06:02 »
A MEMORIAL WINDOW TO THE LATE KING GEORGE VI –
ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, R.N. BARRACKS, CHATHAM

It is regretted that the window designs submitted under Nore No. 1703/638/12 of 20th August, 1953, were not accompanied by a full description, since this has apparently resulted in a misconception of the figure in the design.  This figure is actually that of Christ and not of St. George as had been assumed from the design submitted.
2.   The question has been referred back to the artist, Mr. Hugh Easton, who has confirmed that the figure represents Christ rising from the dead, and that in the full design in St. George’s Church, it matches the figure of Christ ascending to heaven in the east and central window.  According to Mr Easton, the early features of Christ depict him with no beard, long hair, and carrying a banner with a red cross emblazoned on it.  Mr. Easton feels that to portray the dace with the essential gentleness and spiritualness, it should not be masculine, and that the features of Christ match, or follow, the lines of Christ in the window above the altar.  Mr. Easton feels that the face depicted is the right conception of Christ and is most unwilling to make any alteration.
3.   Mr. Easton has confirmed that the omission of a horn on the Unicorn was unintentional and that the horn will be inserted.
4.   In the circumstances, therefore, it is hoped that the design will be acceptable as it is.
5.   Separate proposals for the laying up of the Old Queen’s Colour will be forwarded for Their Lordships’ consideration shortly.
6.   It is noted with pleasure that the Duke of Gloucester is being approached with a view to his performing the ceremony of unveiling the Memorial and presenting the new Queen’s Colour.

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« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2012, 23:38:54 »
A new Queen’s Colour is to be presented to the Nore Command on 8th July, 1954, by H.R.H., The Duke of Gloucester, when he unveils the memorial to His Late Majesty, King George VI, in St. George’s Church at R.N. Barracks, Chatham.  Commander-in-Chief, Nore, was accordingly asked to forward his proposals for the laying up of the Old Colour.
2.   In his submission dated 18th January, 1954, enclosed, C. in C. Nore, states that the most appropriate church to house the old Queen’s Colour of the Nore Command is considered to be St. George’s Church, R.N. Barracks, Chatham, where the colour would be suitably displayed and would be a valued object of interest to worshippers and visitors.  He proposes that the Colour be laid up with a suitable service on Sunday 25th July, 1954.
3.   C. of F. has no objection, and it is therefore proposed to inform C. in C. Nore that his proposal for the laying up of the old Queen’s Colour of the Nore Command is approved.


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« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2012, 15:12:35 »
I have now been informed that the Duke of Gloucester will be very pleased to unveil the memorial to Hi slate Majesty in St. George’s Church at the Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.  H.R.H. will also be pleased to present the new Queen’s Colour to the Nore Command.
2.   The Duke of Gloucester’s Private Secretary has told me that he will let me know shortly what date in June will be most convenient for this visit to Chatham.
3.   It is requested that the Commander-in-Chief, The Nore, may be informed in the above sense.

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7th December, 1953.

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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2012, 11:08:47 »
The Queen Mother prefers not to undertake this ceremony herself.

2.   The Queen Mother is happy to approve the design of the windows, and is particularly pleased with the inscription at the foot of the memorial panel.  She has, however, expressed the hope that Mr. Easton may perhaps be able to alter slightly the face of St. George to depict a more masculine aspect.  To her mind the present face, as shown in the design submitted, is somewhat womanly.  It is also noticed that the Unicorn has no horn.

3.   In his reply to my original letter The Queen’s Private Secretary informed me that The Queen considered that “some other member of the Royal Family – perhaps the Queen Mother or the Duke of Gloucester – should be invited”.

4.   I propose the following action:

(a)   A letter to the C. in C. Nore asking him to approach Mr. Easton on the lines of para. 2 above.  (The Queen Mother hopes that her suggestion may be put as tactfully as possible).

(b)   A separate letter to C. in C. Nore stating that neither The Queen, nor the Queen Mother can undertake the ceremony and seeking his agreement to ask the Duke of Gloucester.  It should be added that Princess Margaret is not available.

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13th November, 1953.

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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2012, 16:59:05 »
In 1952 the Board approved the proposal to erect two stained glass windows in the chancel of St. George’s Church, R.N. Barracks, Chatham, as a memorial to His Late Majesty King George VI, provided that the work was executed to the satisfaction of the Superintending Civil Engineer, Chatham.  C. in C. Nore has now submitted designs for the windows.  Departments concerned consider that the two designs are most appropriate.  C. in C. Nore has also requested that Her Majesty be approached and asked to unveil the memorial windows and to present a new Queen’s Colour to the Nore Command at some convenient date in June, 1954.
2.   It has been confirmed that the present Colour of the Nore Command which was supplied in 1937 is unserviceable and beyond repair.  Colours bearing the cipher of His Late Majesty King George VI were not formally presented to the various Commands.  In recent years, however, it has been the practise for new Colours to be presented by members of the Royal Family, e.g. in April, 1951, Her Majesty the Queen (then H.R.H. the Princess Elizabeth) presented a new Colour to the Mediterranean Station; in May, 1952, H.R.H. the Duchess of Kent presented a new Colour to H.M.S. VICTORY and in March, 1953, a new Colour for the Plymouth Command was presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
3.   The Director of Stores has ascertained from the contractors that a new Colour could be produced in approximately eight weeks from the receipt of the order, and has also confirmed that the cost of the new Colour, estimated to be £100, can be met from Vote 8.II.A.
Naval Secretary has been in touch with the Palace who are unable to give a firm answer just yet.  If the Queen is able to unveil the memorial to the late King, it is probably that Her Majesty will be glad to take the opportunity of presenting the Queen’s Colour to the Nore Command at the same time.
4.   Another point which will to be considered subsequently is the laying up of the Colour at present in use.  It is normal practice for Old Colours to be laid up in appropriate churches or cathedrals. 
5.   It is proposed:-
(i)   to inform C. in C. The Nore that the designs for the two windows are acceptable;
(ii)   to make arrangements to buy a new Colour for the Nore Command;
(iii)   to inform C. in C. The Nore that Her Majesty’s pleasure about the unveiling of the memorial windows and presentation of a new Colour is being sought, and that he will be informed as soon as Her wishes are known;
(iv)   to ascertain the views of C. in C. The Nore about a suitable resting place for the present Colour.
6.   It is assumed that all arrangements for the ceremony will be co-ordinated by the Commander-in-Chief, as in the case of the ceremony for the unveiling of the other windows in St. George’s Church in 1950.  The question of appropriate Board representation at the ceremony can be discussed nearer the time.
7.   Submitted for approval to take action as proposed in paragraph 5.

Head of Military Branch
15th October, 1953.

 

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