Day of National Remembrance

Monday 13 November 2023

Remembrance Sunday was marked in Cambridge at the weekend, with hundreds gathering at the Cambridge War Memorial on Hills Road. The city’s Mayor, Cllr Jenny Gawthrope Wood joined the procession which included representatives of different organisations, including the Armed Forces and the Royal British Legion. The playing of the Last Post by a bugler from Waterbeach Brass signalled a two minute silence at 11am followed by hymns, music and speeches before the laying of the wreath at the memorial.

At the same time, the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Baiju Thittala Varkey, joined a procession to the county, city and University of Cambridge’s annual service of remembrance at Great St Mary’s Church. 

Among veterans present at the event was former British Army mechanic, Carl Higgs – Armed Forces Community Development Officer at the city council -  remembering among others, his Great Uncle Victor who died aged 18 during the second world war’s Operation Dynamo and whose medals he wore on Sunday in his Great Uncle’s honour.

Titled ‘The Homecoming’, the Cambridge War Memorial statue was unveiled to the public in 1922 by the Duke of York, who was visiting Cambridge for an agricultural show. The Memorial is the work of the Canadian sculptor Dr Robert Tait Mackenzie.