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Page Turning Ceremony

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 10.30am 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.

Wednesday, 11th November 2020 was one of these ‘special’ days when the service was carried out on a working day.  It was extra-special in that it coincided with the lockdown, enforced by the Covid-19 virus, when the service was held without any congregation – just a select number of readers and Christ Church Cathedral ministers and organist.  But the Cathedral authorities had thought about this and arranged for it to be filmed, then placed on YouTube for all to watch, see, and follow the service.    To see this video click on this link –    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP9icPouClM&t=1s

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 Page 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 2024 are as below: –

         6th January 2024 (Saturday)

         2nd March 2024 (Saturday)

         4th May 2024 (Saturday)

         13th July 2024 (Saturday)

         7th September 2024 (Saturday)

         11th November 2024 (Monday)

         4th January 2025 (Saturday)

Videos made at previous Page Turning events are still available to watch.  The links to view are :-

Saturday, 8th May 2021 – https://youtu.be/5goQQT71rT0

Saturday, 6th March 2021 – https://youtu.be/QeEYxsiA2zo

Saturday, 9th January 2021 – https://youtu.be/_O9jwYjCTMs

Below, are listed the names which will be read out on Saturday, 4th May 2024 :-

First World War  1914-1918

Pte Christopher Theodore Cunnington      Died at Ipswich, Suffolk, England on June 13th 1917, aged 22
Pte Christopher James Dale          Killed in action at Battle of St Quentin, Aisne, France on                                                                                                                                                                     March 23rd 1918, aged 31
Pte Frank Bennett Dallow, MiD    Killed in action at Kemmel, Belgium on November 22nd 1914, aged 21
Pte Andrew George Darcy             Killed in action at Battle of St Quentin, Aisne, France on                                                                                                                                                                      March 21st 1918, aged 37
Pte Charles Edward Deadman      Killed in action at the Somme (Bapaume), France on                                                                                                                                                                          August 29th 1918, aged 22

2nd World War  1939-1946

Gnr Wilfred Arthur Elliot               Died in captivity at Roberts hospital, Changi, Singapore on                                                                                                                                                                October 11th 1942 aged 35
Gnr Harry Leslie Evans                   Died in captivity at Roberts hospital, Changi, Singapore on                                                                                                                                                                September 29th 1942, aged 30
Gnr William John Evans                 Died in captivity onboard POW ship, bound for Yokohama, Japan on                                                                                                                                                September 12th 1944, aged 26
L/Bdr Ronald Birks Fagg                Died in captivity at Chungkai, Thailand on November 18th 1943, aged 24
Gnr William Garton Faulkner       Died in captivity at Chungkai, Thailand on July 13th 1943, aged 45

Anyone who wishes to join with us, in remembering these gallant heroes, are very welcome, especially family members of the men whose name are being read.  Those wishing to attend are advised to be early to claim one of the limited number of seats.

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

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