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2021 All Saints Lectures

All Saints’ (Winter) Lecture 2021


7.30pm Tuesday 6th April 2021

A Talk by Phil Wilkinson.

Just over two years ago, Britain was marking the centenary of the end of the ‘War to End All Wars’. Sadly, it had not been the end of it all, but the centenary stimulated bookstores and TV screens to overflow with studies and assessments, many of them dwelling on the millions left in the mud of Flanders, or on the beaches of Turkey, across the deserts of Mesopotamia, or at the bottom of the sea. 

Last year saw the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, with similar commemorations. The Upper Clatford War Memorial marked its own centenary on 20 February this year, with this community’s own losses confirming the real human cost of man’s inhumanity.  

Although the emphasis of such commemorations reflects on the brutal cutting down of a young generation across the whole of the British Commonwealth and Empire (and on the many more lost from the Allies and from forces of the Central Powers), the graves of those young people remain as a symbol of some much higher human aspiration.  This talk will look at a number of those graves, at those cemeteries and memorials across Europe and Asia, starting with a review of the single-minded and irrepressible dedication of just one man, whose vision would be translated into the current world-wide activities of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.                               

Phil Wilkinson at the controls Phil Wilkinson at the controls

Tickets and Venue

If you wish to register for this Talk please open the link below. You will be asked for your name and email address and then given instructions for online payment or payment by cheque.

We are asking anyone wishing to hear Phil’s talk to make a voluntary donation (we would suggest a minimum of £7 per household) towards the All Saints’ Roof Refurbishment Fund. All registrants will be then be sent the Zoom link by email on 1st April.

For further information contact: Charles Crosthwaite Eyre on 07730 304 290 or 01264 352530