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Remembrance Sunday Ceremony- 11th November 2018

Monday 12th November 2018

At 1.30 pm the heavens opened up and the rain came, by 2.15 pm the sun was out and shining beautifully and it stayed that way throughout the ‘Remembrance Sunday Ceremony’ at the Old Southampton Cemetery, on this day to mark the 100th Anniversary of Armistice 1918-2018.
Joe Fagan piper lead the Southampton Sea Cadets, 1216 (Eastleigh) Squadron Air Training Corps and a serving soldier from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Welsh Regiment, promptly at 3. 00 pm, through the main gate to the Cross of Sacrifice.
Graham Linecar – Master of Ceremony welcomed all and then addressed the gathering crowd with an account of how Southampton re-acted to the news that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the war of 4 years, there would be an ‘Armistice’ fighting would cease………first with silence then some 15 minutes afterwards with jubilation. However, the end of the war would not be until June 1919, with the signing of the ‘Treaty of Versailles’.
Royal British Legion (RBL) Mike Humme spoke ‘The Exhortation’ followed by ‘one minutes silence’, only broke by the sound of the bulger playing ‘The Last Post’. Next the laying of the wreaths and this year there were many more, from the Mayor, RBL, Belgian and CWGC Representatives to Taunton and King Edwards VI schools plus more. The bugler then played ‘The Rouse’.
This year is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force and FoSOC were honour and delighted for an RAF cadet from the 1216 Squadron bearing the standard of the squadron to say ‘The Kohima Epitaph’.
Next, the Mayor’s address this was with regards to the Pages Brothers and the unveiling of the FoSOC’s WW1 plaque, ending with the Mayor laying a wreath at the plaque and at the same time a FoSOC member was laying another wreath at the Page grave.
Graham Linecar followed with his thanks to all for coming, for taking part and to those who helped with the lead up to the ceremony.
Joe Fagan then piped the assembled crowd up to the Belgian War Memorial for the second and final part of the ceremony, where Joe piped a ‘Lament’ before the laying of the wreaths at the memorial.
Many thanks to Graham Linecar for his excellent ‘Master of Ceremony’ and for those attending this special ‘Remembrance Sunday Ceremony’.
Photos taken by Ben Cowdrey and Elfy Humme