Page Turning of the Books of Remembrance Ceremony
In conjunction with Oxford’s 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 cabinets 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) – Please read the notes below for some changes taking place !
11th July (Saturday) – Please read the notes below for some changes taking place !
5th September (Saturday) – Please read the notes below for some changes taking place !
11th November (Wednesday)
2nd January 2021 (Saturday)
The next Page Turning event, which would have taken place on Saturday, 5th September 2020, like the previous occasion, is now CANCELLED.
During the COVID-19 pandemic the bi-monthly Turning of the Pages in the Books of Remembrance held in Christ Church Cathedral have been cancelled. However, Canon Brian Shenton has suggested that we can all remember at home those whose names would have been read at the same time we should have met in Oxford. The next service is due at 11.00am on Saturday 5th September.
Below, are listed the names which would have been read out:-
First World War 1914-1918
Walter Scott, Died in France on November 3rd 1918 aged 34
Albert Shayler, Killed in action at Gillemont Farm, Somme, France on June 22nd 1917 aged 22
Sydney Arthur Sheppard, Died in France on October 20th 1918 aged 24
Richard Tirrell Shrimpton, Killed in action at Battle of Amiens, Somme, on August 9th 1918 aged 27
Francis Somerled Joseph Silvertop, Killed in action at Gillemont Farm, Somme, on May 20th 1917 aged 33
2nd World War 1939-1946
Ernest John Claydon, Killed in action at Singapore on February 15th 1942 aged 28
Edward Cleall, Killed in action at Boxmeer, Holland on November 17th 1944 aged 30
Percy William George Colborn, Died in captivity at Chungkai, Thailand on September 11th 1943 aged 24
Jack McPherson Coles, Died in captivity at Tonchan, Thailand on July 3rd 1943 aged 32
Stephen Cooney, Died in captivity at Tasao No2, Thailand on July 22nd 1943 aged 32
UPDATE (24/08/2020) – Although some of the Coronavirus Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, the Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford is not open for Services due to some much needed remedial work.
However, all interested parties are working towards hopefully having the Armistice Day service on Wednesday 11th November 2020, to be held in the Cathedral.
When ‘normal-service’ is resumed, 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.
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