A new stained glass window has been installed at St Margaret’s in memory of Captain Dan Read from Rainham who was killed in Afghanistan whilst trying to defuse an improvised device.
It is the first new window in this Grade I listed building since 1946.
The window depicts the ammunitions technical officer emblem to represent his role in the Army, the badge of 11 EOD Regiment, in which he was serving when he died, and “ubique”, the motto of the Royal Engineers, in which he served when he joined the Armed Forces. It also includes a dove as a symbol of peace, Remembrance poppies and mountains to represent his love of climbing.
Capt. Read’s family, his former school, Rainham Mark Grammar, Southern Water, family friends and complete strangers all helped raise the money for the window, and along with his family we are delighted to see it finally installed in memory of Capt. Read in the Chancel of our Church.
The window will be blessed by Revd. Judy at our next family Communion Service on 2nd November.