Chairman: Councillor Mrs. V. Carr Vice-Chairman: Mrs. Ann Dykes
Councillors: Lorna Berrett, Mrs. Ann Dykes, Louise Kunzemann, Adam Rankin
- A brief history of the Commonwealth War Graves
- More information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Remembrance Day Service, Sunday 11th November at 10.45am, (100th Year after the End of the First World War)
Commonwealth War Graves Section, Botley Cemetery, North Hinksey Lane, Botley, Oxford
Speaker: Alan Pope (Oxford-Bonn Link)
Details of the Service:
The Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery, the only one in Oxfordshire and one of the largest in the country, is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is beautifully laid out. This open service often attracts over 700 people, including guests/representatives of HM The Queen (the Lieutenancy of Oxfordshire), the Local MP, Commonwealth High Commissions and European Embassies, Local Government dignitaries, soldiers from Dalton Barracks, representatives from RAF Benson, ex-servicemen’s and women’s organisations and children’s uniformed groups.
The service has always been conducted on an inter-faith basis and led by representatives of the local Christian, Jewish and other faiths.
The address this year will be given by Alan Pope, who has been involved in the Oxford-Bonn Link for many years.
Following the ‘Two Minute Silence’, wreaths will be laid at the ‘Stone of Remembrance’ and there is an open invitation for people to bring their own tributes of remembrance and lay them at the same time. Four soldiers from Dalton Barracks will provide a Guard of Honour at the ‘Stone of Remembrance’ and Guides and Brownies will continue their recent practice of leaving their poppies at one of the graves as a means of developing an understanding of the enormity and tragedy of war.
Coffee and homemade biscuits will be served after the service by members of Botley Women’s Institute in their hall opposite the Cemetery. General parking for non-permit holders is available in the car park on the Minn’s Business Estate, entering from the Botley Road.