13 May 2019

Burial and Rededication Services in June 2019

The following burial and rededication services are due to be held at CWGC Cemeteries in June 2019.

Wednesday 5 June

Rededication service for Flight Sergeant Dana Anthony Nelson will be held at Dutton (Fairview) Cemetery in Ontario, Canada. 

A rededication ceremony will be held for Flight Sergeant Dana Anthony Nelson at 11.00am at Dutton (Fairview) Cemetery.

Flight Sergeant Nelson served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and died on 14 May 1943. His body was recovered from Tryconnel in July 1943. He was not identified at the time and was therefore commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial to the Missing. Recent research has identified his final resting place and CWGC is now able to mark his grave with a new headstone bearing his name. 

The service will be attended by Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

 

Wednesday 12 June

Burial service for Private Henry Albert Victor Wallington, Private Frank Mead and an unknown soldier of the London Regiment will be held at CWGC’s Hermies Hill British Cemetery. 

 A burial service will be held for Private Henry Albert Victor Wallington, Private Frank Mead and an unknown soldier of the London Regiment at 10.30am at Hermies Hill British Cemetery

Private Wallington and Private Mead both served with the 23rd Battalion, London Regiment. They were killed on 3 December 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai, while withdrawing from their positions after two weeks of fighting.

The three casualties were recovered near the village of Anneux. Found among their artefacts was a shoulder title of the 23rd Battalion, London Regiment. Historical research and DNA testing by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre confirmed the identity of two of the soldiers. Attempts to identify the third soldier are ongoing. 

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by family members, British Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

Tuesday 18 June 

Rededication service for Corporal Robert Owen Davies will be held at CWGC’s London Cemetery Extension.

A rededication service will be held for Corporal Robert Owen Davies at 10.00am at London Cemetery and Extension

Corporal Davies served with the 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He was killed on 20 July 1916 during an attack on Delville Wood. Recent research has identified his last resting place and CWGC is now able to mark his grave with a new headstone bearing his name. 

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

Wednesday 19 June

Burial service for an unknown soldier of the South Wales Borderers at Bethune Town Cemetery.

A burial service will be held for an unknown soldier of the South Wales Borderers at 10.00am at Bethune Town Cemetery

The remains of this soldier were found at Richebourg and are believed to be those of a soldier of 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers who was killed during the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915. Although his regiment is known, it has not been possible to identify him despite extensive research by the UK’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre.

CWGC will install a headstone on his grave commemorating him as a soldier of the South Wales Borderers ‘Known unto God’, and care for his grave in perpetuity.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

Rededication service for Captain William Miles Kington DSO at CWGC’s Tyne Cot Cemetery.

A rededication service will be held for Captain William Miles Kington DSO at 2.00pm at Tyne Cot Cemetery

Captain Kington served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He was killed on 20 October 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres. Recent research has identified his last resting place and CWGC is now able to mark his grave with a new headstone bearing his name. 

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

 

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