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We Will Remember Them

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

28th April 2018 11:00am Commonwealth Airmen Memorial Dedication

Old St Peter's Church, Stockbridge, Hampshire

 

2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. This plaque was commissioned from money raised by the Stockbridge Scout Group, specifically to honour the memory of the Commonwealth airmen that lost their lives while training to fly over the Stockbridge and Chattis Hill sky. It is mounted on the side of old St Peters Church, Stockbridge.

 

There was a formal, public service to dedicate the plaque to the airmen. The Right Reverend Jonathan Frost, the Bishop of Southampton, kindly agreed to lead the service of dedication on Saturday the 28th April 2018 at 11:00am.

 

 

The ceremony was attended by officers from the Royal Air force, the Royal Australian Air force, the Canadian Air Force and the South African Defence Force:

Led by the Right Reverend Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Southampton

Dame Judith Anne Macgregor DCMG LVO DL, representing The Queen

Wing Commander Matthew Grant RAAF, representing the Australian High Commission

Lieutenant Colonel Tressa Home RCAF, Assistant Air Advisor, representing the Canadian High Commission

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Cleland, representing the South African Air Force (SAAF)

Flt Lieutenant John Stevens, RAF Odiham, representing the South African Air Force (SAAF)

Ken Mallett, great-nephew of 2nd Lieutenant Ray Mallett RAF

Mike & Richard Mallett, cousins of Ray Mallett RAF

Wing Commander Michael C Brooke AFC RAF (Retd).

 

The Scout Group was on parade, together with the Royal British Legion standard.

Following the service, wreaths were laid at all graves in the cemetery and additional wreaths were laid at the graves on behalf of the Returning Serviceman's League in Tummut, the family of Henry Carr, Canadian veterans and Ardmona Primary School and the Scouts gave a short presentation in New St Peters.

 

icon Stockbridge War Memorial Service

icon Stockbridge Airmen and Memorial Location

Stockbridge Air Corps World War 1 - 93 Squadron

 

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They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

We will remember them.

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