Commemorative Bellringing

Basingstoke District Bell Ringers will be ringing the bells at St
Peter’s Yateley on Saturday 1st September at 10.45 to 11.30 to
remember bellringer Lance Sgt Charles Albert Butler who was killed
14th Apr 1918. He was the son of the bailiff of Yateley Manor. Two
other sons served in WW1 but survived.

The Guild of bellringers has a project to remember the lives of the
bellringers who lost their lives in WW1. Their tour next Saturday
will ring at 5 different towers where the Winchester Diocese lost
bell ringers. The ringers will first visit Yateley then they will go
on to Stratfield Saye, which lost 5 bell ringers, Bramley, Deane and
Dummer.

Yateley Society members will join with the local branch of the
British Legion and Yateley Town Council to explain to local shoppers
why the bells are ringing, who they are ringing for, and where he
lived. Look out for the Society’s gazebo on the Green outside the Dog
& Partridge. Peter Tipton, author of ‘Yateley in the Great War’ will
have his laptop there to find the WW1 relatives of local people.

Most residents of present-day Yateley were not born here so are
unlikely to have had relations living in Yateley in WW1. But by
finding their own relatives and building their LifeStory on IWM’s
permanent digital memorial local people will be able to remember
their own family members during the bellringing remembering Charles
Butler of Yateley. Relatives we might might find on #LivesOfWW1 are
not restricted to the British Isles. There are 7.6 million names on
the IWM memorial from all over the old Empire. The men from India and
Pakistan who served in Indian Regiments are included, as are the men
who served with the Chinese Labour battalions.

The Society will also have a small display about Sgt Butler and the
Yateley Bellringers before and after WW1. ‘Yateley in the Great War’,
recently published by Pen & Sword Books, will also be available for
those who have not yet purchased a copy.