Airman who lost their lives whilst serving at Nuneaton 's two local Wartime airfields will be remembered during a special service on Battle of Britain Day.
The service which will be taking place at the Nuneaton's Oaston Road Cemetery on Battle of Britain Day 15th September 2013 is being held to remember those British Commonwealth and Polish airmen who lost their lives while serving at RAF Nuneaton and RAF Bramcote during the Second World War.
The Oaston Road Cemetery is somewhat unique in the fact that the Commonwealth War Graves and those of the Polish and Germans stand together in the same location. In fact there are over 40 Commonwealth War Graves, Navy, Army and RAF, as well as the graves of 29 Polish airmen who were serving in the RAF and 17 German servicemen.
British, Polish and German War Graves stand together in Nuneaton's Oaston Road Cemetery
Flt Lt Paul Hincks RAF VR(T) who is helping to organise the service said, “For many years Air Cadets from Nuneaton have attended the Polish Ex-Combatants Association service at the St John the Baptist Cemetery, Baginton near Coventry when the Polish community gather to remember Warwickshire based Polish airmen who lost their lives while serving with the RAF during the Second World War and we thought it was time that a similar service were held in the Oaston Road Cemetery to remember all the young men from the Commonwealth Nations, Poland and Germany who lost their lives during the war”.
Standard bearers form up to remember RAF Baginton’s Polish Airmen
who gave their lives in the service of their country and the defence of Britain
“Battle of Britain Sunday commemorates a dramatic turning point in the history of the Second World War an epic struggle in which the young men from the Commonwealth Nations, Poland and Germany were thrown into combat in the sky's over Britain ”.
“But on Sunday 15th September, when veterans, cadet forces and members of the public gather in the Oaston Road Cemetery at the headstones of the many young men from the different nations who lost their lives, we will be remembering them all as young men who had one thing in common, they all paid the ultimate sacrifice for their respective nations. Every single one of these men was someone's Son, Husband, Father or Brother, whose fate and a moment of history had brought them together as friend or foe. So I hope that the different sections of our community British, Polish and German will be able to come together in a spirit of reconciliation and unite to remember them all”.
Ex-service groups and members of the public are all quite welcome to come along and take part in the Battle of Britain Day Service of Reconciliation on the 15th September at the Oaston Road Cemetery (CV11 6JZ). The parade of standards will be forming up at 13:45hrs and the service is set to commence at 14:00hrs.
Those attending the service are asked to use on street parking in Oaston Road and on the Whitacre Road industrial estate.
We do appreciate the fact that this event may cause some minor disruption to the normality of the Oaston Road Cemetery on this day and there will be a restriction on the movement of vehicles within the area of the War Graves were the service is being held, however we will try to minimise any inconvenience to other visitors to the Cemetery and would actually encourage anyone who may be visiting the site to pay their respects to their relatives to come and join us.
More photographs of War Graves at Nuneaton's Oaston Road Cemetery