06 July 2017

Upcoming Rededication ceremonies

The following rededication services are due to be held at CWGC cemeteries.

Rededication Ceremony 25 July 2017

A Rededication Ceremony will be held on Tuesday 25 July 2017 at CWGC Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium, for 2nd Lieutenant (2 Lt) Bertie Swallow, Lancashire Fusiliers.

2 Lt Swallow was attached to the 18th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers when he was wounded and died on 31 October 1918. When the remains of an unknown officer of the Lancashire Fusiliers were uncovered, they were found buried very close to 13 other soldiers of the 18th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers who were all known to have died on 31 October.

There are 79 Lancashire Fusiliers officers who are listed as “missing” on memorials in Belgium. Of these 79, only 2 Lt Bertie Swallow died on or after 31 October 1918. As 2 Lt Swallow is the only officer listed as missing on/after this date, we can conclude that he lies in Plot ii.A.11 of Harlebeke New British Cemetery.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by family members, regimental representatives and local dignitaries. The CWGC will be providing the headstone.

 

Rededication Ceremony 8 August 2017

A Rededication Ceremony will be held on Tuesday 08 August 2017 at Andalsnes Church Cemetery, Norway, for Pilot Officer Hector Garmen Webb, 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

224 Squadron were assigned to provide air cover in support of Operation Primrose, which involved the landing of British troops near Andalsnes. When approaching Andalsnes, Pilot Officer Webb’s aircraft, Hudson N7249 was hit by friendly fire and crashed into a nearby mountain. His three crew members were ejected and parachuted to safety; however, tragically Pilot Officer Webb was killed. Recent research, which uncovered eyewitness reports from the Chaplain of a Royal Navy anti-aircraft cruiser stationed at Andalsnes, has helped to identify the unknown airman in Andalsnes Church Cemetery.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by family members, RAF representatives and local dignitaries. The CWGC will be providing the headstone.