Stanford Village War Memorial
Stanford in the Vale in Oxfordshire at long last has a Village War Memorial. A remembrance memorial was recently inaugurated in the churchyard with Nivelle Company, Oxfordshire (The Rifles) ACF, under the command of Cdt RSM Fearn and lead by the Oxfordshire Army Cadet Band, marching through the village to the churchyard.
Here, in the presence of members of local Royal British Legion branches and their standards, local senior military officers, the Army Cadets, members of the Fire Service, Scouts and Brownies and a very large gathering of local people, there was a service of dedication and the first wreath laid.
The service was conducted by Rev Max Young, retired Vicar of Sanford, and Rev Richard Hancock, the Area Dean.
After the service, and Last Post and Reveille had been sounded, Mr Gordon Belcher, representing the Farringdon and Stanford RBL, thanked everyone for attending and invited them to refreshments at the Village Hall. At the hall, Mr Roy Walker, Chairman of the Stanford in the Vale Public Purposes Charity, Wg Cdr Guy Sawyer RAF, Station Commander of the Defence Academy, and Gp Capt David Drew RAF(Retd), RBL County Chairman for the Vale of White Horse, made speeches.
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