Dunkirk heroes to be honoured

Oxford Mail: Dennis Mayo, 84, at last year's Turning the Pages service Dennis Mayo, 84, at last year's Turning the Pages service

Two brothers killed within days of each other, and five men who fell in a brave rearguard action ahead of Dunkirk, are among the war heroes to be honoured next week.

A small chapel in Oxford will once again fill with people coming together to honour soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Every other month, families and military representatives meet at the Military Chapel in Christ Church Cathedral.

They listen to the names of 20 men who died in each of the world wars being read out, featuring 10 from the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars and 10 from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

For the past six months, organisers have published the names of those to be read out in the Oxford Mail beforehand.

It is hoped readers can help trace relatives of the people being read out.

Organiser of the Turning the Pages ceremony, Colonel Mike Vince, last night said: “We have brothers, both Company Sergeant Majors Arthur and Ralph Brown, who were killed in action on 19th and 20th of July in 1916 respectively.

“And then some of the soldiers named this time from the Second World War were part of the British Expeditionary Force, which was trapped in north-east France by superior enemy forces with very little hope of escape. In rearguard actions, Captain Edward Dixie was killed at Cassel on May 26 in 1940.

“His colleague officers, Major Brian Heyworth, Captain James Ritchie and Second Lieutenants Martin Preston and Geoffrey Rowe, along with many of their men, died two days later in action at nearby Hazebrouck.”

He added: “Due to these and other actions, some 300,000 soldiers from the British Expeditionary Force were able to be evacuated from Dunkirk at this time.”

Each of the men’s names will be read out, and pages from the Book of Remembrance will be turned.

The Turning the Pages service begins at 11am on Saturday in the military chapel and the public is welcome.

Other ceremonies will be held on June 23, September 1 and November 10.

Do you recognise any of the names from this list? Contact Rhianne Pope on 01865 42541.

Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars: First World War: William James Dunn Edwin Edmunds Horatio Fane MC Reginald George Farmborough Arthur Farnsworth Second World War: Ronald Cecil Brooke Greville John James Hatchett Kenneth Parker George Quigleyjohn William Rymill Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry: First World War: Arthur Brown Ralph William Brown Percy Dwight Harry Harding (266656) Arnold William Morris Second World War: James Makepeace Thackery Ritchie Brian Kay Heyworth Geoffrey Aveline Rowe Martin Sansone Preston Edward Archibald Wolstan Dixie

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