Over the past two years, the Cadets and Staff of 136 (Chipping Norton) Squadron have been working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) to engage in Cadet awareness of the work they do and the important role they take in the maintenance of war graves. As well as the commemoration and remembrance of those that have given their lives during military action since 1914. This forms part of the ‘Eyes On Hands On’ project to get community involvement in the work of protecting these markers in history. Within this project, 136 Sqn is the only RAFAC unit actively engaged in the North Oxfordshire, North Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire area.
The squadron’s Cadets have attended lessons from CI Harrison about the war graves in the North Cotswolds area, and they have actively engaged in the research and awareness of individuals identified by War Grave headstones. This included presentations to the Squadron, delivered through a Virtual Parade Night in Lockdown 1.0 and then they also engaged in visiting and providing a Cadet Salute to the fallen during the Remembrance Day commemorations 2020.
As part of the Squadron’s Remembrance Day 2020 activities, and our engagement with the CWGC, staff and cadets visited local War Graves (following COVID-19 Safety precautions) on Remembrance Day itself. To see some of the War Graves that are located in the North Cotswolds area, have a look at our gallery page. You can also look at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to see more about the work they do.
As the squadron moves in to 2021, we will continue to support our Cadets and Staff in the engagement and supporting of the CWGC work to promote and remember the importance remembering those lost in military conflicts.