RAF Yatesbury Association remembers veterans of two world wars (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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RAF Yatesbury Association remembers veterans of two world wars
A congregation of around 70 people attended an annual service of remembrance organised by the RAF Yatesbury Association.
The association is for those who served at RAF camps in Yatesbury, Compton Bassett, Townsend and Cherhill during the two world wars.
Veterans met for a service at All Saints, Yatesbury, on Sunday August 18, where 30 servicemen of different nationalities are buried.
The church is regularly visited by people living abroad, who come to see where their relatives are buried after researching their family history.
The Six Standards were on parade and members of the Calne Air Training Corps joined the service, which was attended by Air Marshall Sir Alec Morris. This was followed by a two minute silence, when remembrance crosses were placed on all of the service graves.
Yatesbury resident Gordon Chivers, who is part of the village history group, said many people travelled down to attend the service.
He said: “We have a reunion every year. It’s quite a nice event, a lot of people enjoy it. It’s about remembrance and it’s also a celebration.
“There are a few people locally who have ties with the airfield. Girls from families in the village married lads from the camps, so the community was quite will mixed up with the RAF.
“I’ve lived in the village all my life and I was here though the war, I had three brothers working at the air field.”