Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke
7 November 2014: The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Jonathan Frost, the Bishop of Southampton and the Right Reverend David Williams, the Bishop of Basingstoke, will each mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One at services across Hampshire on Remembrance Sunday.
Bishop Tim Dakin will attend the Remembrance Sunday Service at Winchester Cathedral, after which he will join other local representatives when wreaths will be laid at Winchester’s war memorial.
Bishop Tim said:
“On the centenary of World War One we will remember those who died in this devastating conflict, in particular, the 459 people from Winchester who were killed during that war. In the presence of God we will give thanks for all those who have given their lives and their health that we might live in freedom. We will also pray for those from this Diocese who are serving in the Armed Forces, remembering their families and communities.”
Bishop Jonathan Frost will join local people for Southampton’s annual Cenotaph ceremony.
Bishop Jonathan said:
“We owe a great deal to the men and women who dedicate their lives to defending our country, sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember them before God and my prayers will be for their families on Remembrance Sunday.”
Bishop David will be present at the Basingstoke Mayor’s Remembrance Day Service at the Basingstoke Centre.
Bishop David said:
“It is a privilege to join the people of Basingstoke for this annual service for the first time since I became Bishop earlier this year. I will be giving thanks for the sacrifices made by men and women from our local community and beyond, praying that our community will never suffer the losses of the Great War again.”
For further information please contact the Diocesan communications team on 020 7618 9197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editors:
Photographs of the wreath-laying at Winchester Cathedral will be available from the Diocesan communications team on the afternoon of Sunday 9 November.