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Remembrance Sunday Ceremony

Sunday 12th November 2017

On a beautiful sunny if a bit windy afternoon,'The Remembrance Sunday Ceremony' was held in the Old Cemetery. It started at 2.15 pm with the congregation being piped in by Joe Fagan, through the main entrance of the Cemetery to the Cross of Sacrifice. The congregation was led by the Sheriff of Southampton Cllr Stephen Barnes-Andrew and were followed by cadets representing the three services of the Armed Forces. David Palmer was the master of ceremonies on behalf of FoSOC and welcomed all parties, members of FoSOC and the public, including the Southampton Sea cadets, Hants & I.O.W Army cadets & Group 1216 (Eastleigh) Squadron ATC.

He,then spoke of the event in July to November 1917, Passchendaele, the 3rd Battle of the Ypres during WW1, for which this is the centennial year. David spoke movingly of this battle and honoured those who took part, the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Flying Corps (now the RAF). Major Mike Humme of the Southampton Branch of the Royal British Legion then spoke the Exhortation. Bugler Neil Garvey sounded the Last Post which was followed by the traditional one minute’s silence then he played the Rouse, after which Wreaths were then laid at the Cross of Sacrifice by the Sheriff, Major Humme, Mr Philpp Aschauer, on behalf of the Belgian people, Mr Alistair Goodall as the representative of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Mr William Ferguson as Chairman of FoSOC, then Lona Fryatt recited the Kohima Epitaph. The Sheriff of Southampton Cllr Stephen Barnes- Andrews then spoke, in part of the Remembrance Ceremony that was held at the Cenotaph in the morning and thanked FoSOC for inviting him to this ceremony.
Joe Fagan then piped the congregation to the Belgian War Memorial for the second part of the ceremony.

Philpp Aschauer spoke at the Belgian War Memorial of the contribution and sacrifice made by the Belgian Army and its people and with special thanks from the Belgium Ambassador to FoSOC. Wreaths were once again laid at the Belgian War Memorial by the Sheriff, Philipp Aschauer, Major Mike Humme, and Mr William Ferguson.
David Palmer concluded the ceremony and thanked those present for taking part in and attending today’s act of remembrance. Photos taken by Jackie Chandler