Category Archives: Commemoration

Cecil Stanley Groves (1899–1918)

16650 Private Cecil Stanley Groves, 1/South African Infantry Regiment. Killed in Action, 23/24 March 1918, Commemorated on The Pozières Memorial. This one is personal; Stanley is one of my great uncles.    I am posting a day early because one … Continue reading

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The “Patrons of Lost Causes” visit again

Note: This post was written on Remembrance Sunday, but for some reason, it lingered on in the Drafts folder from which it has only now been extracted!  I’ve edited it to take account of this delay. Remembrance Sunday in Richmond Cemetery, 2014, … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday at Richmond 2014

This year, we picked a sprig of rosemary for each of the 39 graves and tied a (compostable) bow of red around each sprig. Over the past few months, I’ve been reading the men’s service records, and just when the act of placing the … Continue reading

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Bishops’ Rugby Blues

Rugby remembers.   At some point during the proceedings at The Varsity Match 2014, at Twickenham on 11 December, the loss of the 55 rugby Blues of Oxford and Cambridge, who died on active service in the First World War, will be … Continue reading

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D Day landings

Today, as Europe commemorates the Normandy landings, with the British commemoration focused on Bayeux War Cemetery, we remember Able Seaman John Barkley, who is buried there, and was killed 70 years ago today. At this point, the bulk of the South Africans on active service … Continue reading

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