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Page Turning Ceremony

Page Turning of the Books of Remembrance Ceremony

In conjunction with the Christ Church Cathedral authorities, the regimental trusts of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry and Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, hold a bi-monthly service of Page Turning. This is a very pleasant, but poignant occasion which involves turning the page of the respective Books of Remembrance (which are held in locked glass cases within the Military Chapel of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford) and reading out the names of officers and soldiers who have given their lives during both World War One and World War Two – 5 names for each war and regiment.

This short service is normally carried out in the Military Chapel within the Cathedral and takes place on a Saturday at 11am.   Participants (nominated readers) are usually expected to be in place for 10.45am and anyone wishing to attend is advised to be early to claim one of the limited number of seats.  Anyone who wishes to join with us, in remembering these gallant men, are very welcome, especially family members of the men whose name are being read.  On some special days (such as the 11 November-Armistice day) the ceremony will be held in the main body of the cathedral.  This usually brings a larger audience and the start time is usually 10.30am.

The Trustees of the Oxfordshire Yeomanry Trust, following a fund-raising event, had 3 Altar Kneelers manufactured for use in the Military Chapel.  They were made in the colour of Mantua Purple with the Queen Adelaide Cypher embroidered upon them.  At a previous Turning ceremony – 6th May 2017 – the kneelers were positioned at the altar and were then dedicated.

Future  Dates  and  names  to  be  read  for  the  ceremonies

Dates for 2020 are as below: –

4th January (Saturday)

7th March (Saturday)

2nd May (Saturday)

11th July (Saturday)

5th September (Saturday)

11th November (Wednesday)

2nd January 2021 (Saturday)

The next Page Turning event takes place on Saturday, 7th March 2020.

The names to be read out are –

First World War

Arthur James Lewis O’Beirne,  Died of Wounds received, whilst attd to RFC in aerial combat over Houlthulst Forrest, Belgium on July 28th 1917 age 29

Alfred Edwin Old,  Killed in Action at Gillemont Farm on July 4th 1917 age 21

Reginald James Paice,  Died of wounds received at Potijze on April 28th 1915 age 26

Harry Neville Parker,  Killed in Action at Rifle Wood on April 1st 1918 age 21

Robert Lund Parkinson,  Died of illness on return from Belgium on February 10th 1919 age 32.

2nd World War

Frank Steadman,  Died in Captivity at Chungkai, Thailand on September 26th 1943 age 24

Frederick George Stone, Died in Captivity at Hong Kong on December 11th 1944 age 29

Joseph Edgar Taylor,  Died in captivity at Takanoon, Thailand on June 22nd 1943 age 22

Sydney William Taylor,  Killed in Action at Singapore on February 15th 1942 age 28

Phillip George Upton,  Died in Captivity onboard POW ship, bound for Japan on September 21st 1944 age 27

The Reader of the QOOH soldiers names is Carl Jelfs

Can I remind anyone wishing to attend the service at Oxford’s Christ Church cathedral that the service begins at 11:00hrs and people are requested to be seated by 10:45, thank you.

The location for Christ Church Cathedral (beyond the college entrance), St Aldates, Oxford.

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