HommagePublished by Webmaster on 07/19/2003 (15070 reads)
|On the 18th of May, 2002 the school of Lancieux in Brittany took the name of "Ecole Robert W. Service". |
At the dedication ceremony was Anne and Charlotte Longepe, the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Service. They are pictured on the right with the school head master and several of the children.
Mme Longepe offered a framed photograph of Robert Service, several new books and a book of Service's poems, "More Collected Verse".
She reports, "It was the occasion of a very nice and friendly celebration. We were very moved by this honour."
Anne Longepe delivers a speech at school dedication. Also pictured are Mr. Gambert Dymty, a representative of the administrative area;Ch. Jobelin, a deputy who was the former minister of the Francophonie; and the Mayor of Lancieux.
|The pupils of the school had drawn portraits of Robert Service and built a huge cardboard cabin. |
They recited some poems and sang in chorus. They had been rehearsing for several months under the control of an English teacher. A splendid show for children of only 8 to 10 years old.
Ann Longepe and Charlotte Longepe.,
the granddaughter and great granddaughter of Robert Service.
The Family Name of Service
Derived from the Olde French pre 1066 Norman Invasion 'Cervoise', the name was originally job descriptive for a landlord or taverner Specifically the word means 'Ale or Beer' and by usage came to mean the person who served the ale. Not perhaps surprisingly there were a number of medieval attempts to spell the name including 'Cereveyse' and Sereveyse' and there are six recorded spellings in the modern idiom ranging from Service, Servis to Servaes etc...
Family names as hereditary surnames did not come into general use until after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Normans introduced National Taxation to England which they called the POLL TAX (Poll=Head), in consequence the need for surnames for identification purposes.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Cerveise
Which was dated 1177, The Oxford Pipe Rolls
During the reign of King Henry II, The Builder, 1154-1189.
Scotland, Ireland and Wales obtained formal records later than England, and this is reflected in the recordings. All surnames of every Country have been subject to changes owing to dialect, Civil War, and plain poor spelling!
Individually researched by The Name Origin Research, UK Sales, 137-139 St. Marychurch Road, Torquay, Devon.
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