With COVID-19 rampant and our annual meeting held online on 3 October, there was no opportunity for the Society to lay its customary wreaths at the Cenotaph in Whitehall this year. An alternative venue was offered by the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel, with the intention of holding a small remembrance service in the gardens on 11 November.
Of course, further lockdown measures put paid to any plans by members to attend, but I am pleased to say that the service and wreath laying went ahead anyway. The service was conducted by Reverend Mark Christian, a former army chaplain who now serves a parish in Hampshire. The service was filmed and can be viewed on YouTube.
Sandham Memorial Chapel is one of the very few places in the UK where the Salonika Campaign takes centre stage and, although it is currently closed to the public, you can find out much more this beautiful place and the artist, Sir Stanley Spencer, on the National Trust website:
Also of interest, is a joint project by Sandham Memorial Chapel and our friends at Away from the Western Front: