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Anzac Day 2015 - rest of UK

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Westminster Abbey

Services held outside London

Details on the 2015 Services will appear on this page as we receive the information. Please check back regularly, and also keep an eye on our news items and Facebook page. The services will be listed in date order.   London commemoration services are listed on a separate page here

Information for those travelling to the Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey can be found at www.safetravel.govt.nz

To check if there is an Anzac Day or Gallipoli Commemoration Service near you, please contact your nearest branch of the Royal British Legion or the Gallipoli Association.

Information on Services scheduled in 2015

Please note this is not an exhaustive list of commemorations. We are still awaiting details on a number of regional services. This page will be updated when that information comes in.

Sunday 19 April 2015

St Albans
St Paul’s Church, Hatfield Rd, St Albans

The St Albans annual Anzac Day Service will be held this year on Sunday 19 April 20154 at the Cemetery in Hatfield Road, St Albans.  The Parade meets at the cemetery gates in Hatfield Road at 2.45 pm, and marches down to the War Memorial for a short service followed by the laying of wreaths.  Light refreshments are offered at St Paul’s Church afterwards.

For more information please contact the Church Administrator, Tel: 01727 846 281 or email: helen@stpauls-stalbans.org

Friday 24 April 2015

Derby
City War Memorial, Market Square, Derby

The Derby City Council and the Royal British Legion are arranging an ANZAC Day service at 11am on Friday 24 April.

For more information please contact Bernard W Page MBE, Chairman, Derby & District Ex-Services Association Tel 01332 513336 or email bwplegion@binternet.com

Saturday 25 April 2015

Aberdeen
St Machars Cathedral, The Chanonry, AB24 1RQ

There will be an ANZAC Service at St Machars Cathedral at 11am on Saturday 25 April. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Alrewas
The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

The Arboretum’s annual Anzac Day Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday 25 April 2015 in the Millennium Chapel, the time for the service is still to be confirmed, and we will update this listing when the information is available. The Service will be followed by the laying of wreaths at the Gallipoli Memorial.

Note that seating in the Chapel is limited.

The Arboretum is located in Croxall Road, Alrewas Staffordshire. DE13 7AR.  For further information, please contact the Arboretum tel:  01922 406 604 or or see the NMA website: www.nationalmemorialarboretum.org

Bury
Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0LA

There will be two services organised by the Fusilier Museum.  On Saturday 25 April a concert service starts at 1430, and includes a special piece of music composed by Martin Ellerby, composer in residence to the Royal Marines.  On Sunday 26 April a commemoration service starts at 11.30 am(see listing below), followed by a parade and march past through Bury Town Centre.

For further information contact the Fusilier Museum, Moss Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0DF, Tel 0161 7638950 or email enquiries@fusiliermuseum.com

Cambridge
Church of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, CB2 3AX

The Cambridge Branch of the Britain-Australia Society holds a service to commemorate the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.  The service will take place at 3:00 pm on Saturday 25 April 2015 in the Church of St Andrew the Great, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge.  Guests are requested to arrive from 2.30 pm

For further information contact Pauline Grounds, Secretary, Cambridgeshire Branch, Britain-Australia Society.  E-mail:   

The Church of St Andrew the Great is in the centre of Cambridge immediately opposite the entrance of Christ's College. For those attending the service by car it is most conveniently placed, being very near the Lion Yard Car Park.

Chepstow
Chepstow's Unique War Memorial (the Submarine Gun), Chepstow, Monmouthshire, MP16

A service will take place on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the War Memorial in Chepstow.  Details and timing for the service are still to be confirmed.

Codford St. Mary
Anzac Cemetery, Codford St Mary New Churchyard

A Dawn Service, organised by the Codford Parish Council, will be held at the Anzac Cemetery, Codford St Mary New Churchyard, Church Lane, Codford, Wiltshire at 6.30am.  The cemetery is approximately 30 minutes north west of Salisbury by car.

The Service includes a Roll of Honour for the 98 men from WWI in the Cemetery, 66 of whom are New Zealand servicemen.

After the service there is a Gunfire Breakfast held in the Village Hall in the High Street (there is a small cost for the breakfast which was £6 in 2013).

The Parish has created a 24 page booklet, ‘ The Men of St Mary’s and the ANZAC War Graves’,  with short biographies of all the men in the ANZAC Cemetery, soldiers buried in  St Mary’s Churchyard and those remembered on the WWI Memorial in the church.  This brochure will be available for a small charge in the church & at the breakfast.

For further information contact Mrs Rosemary Wyeth, Codford Parish Council. E-mail:

Coventry
Coventry Cathedral, Priory Street, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5FB

In 2015, for the first time, a Commemorative Service will be held at Coventry Cathedral to make the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.  The service will commence at 4.00pm on Saturday 25 April 2015. 

Dublin
Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue

The Australian Embassy, Dublin, will hold an Anzac Dawn Service at 6.30am on Saturday 25 April 2014, at Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7.

The cemetery is situated on Blackhorse Avenue, off Navan Road, Dublin 7, facing the Phoenix Park and the McKee Barracks.   The service will last approximately 40 minutes.  All are welcome and there is no requirement to notify the Embassy of attendance in advance. There will be no parking on site but on-road and off-road parking is available within walking distance of the Cemetery.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Affairs Officer at the Australian Embassy on 01 6645312.

Please note: as this is an outdoor event you may wish to bring an umbrella in the event of wet weather.

Eltham
Holy Trinity Church, 59 Southend Crescent, London, SE9 2SD

In 1915, the then Vicar of Holy Trinity, Revd Henry Hall, was Chaplain to the British Army’s 29th Division which landed on Gallipoli.  On his return to London, he was responsible for transforming the Gallipoli Memorial Chapel, which was dedicated to the memory of those who did not return.

Every year since 1921 an Act of Remembrance and wreath laying has been held at the Gallipoli Chapel during the Parish Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church. 

This year the Church will hold two separate services, the first on Saturday 25 April at 2pm, at which the Bishop of Woolwich will preach.  Representatives from all Regiments which served at Gallipoli are being invited to attend.

A second service will be held on Sunday 26 April – see listing below.

For further information contact the Church Office - Tel: 020 8859 6274, or www.ht-e.org.uk

Essex
St Andrew’s Church, 222 High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 6QP

A service will be held at 4.00pm on Saturday 25 April 2015 to commemorate the lives of the New Zealanders, including the 3rd Māori Contingent, who were treated at the New Zealand Convalescent Hospital.  The graveyard at St Andrew’s became the final resting place for those who passed away.
More information on the area can be found at http://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/greytowers.html

Morecambe, LANCS
Torrisholme Cemetery, LA3 3LN

Organised by the RBL Morecambe and Heysham Branch for the first time in 2008, a small service is held at the graveside of Flight Sergeant Jack Wilson, RNZAF.  The Service will be held at the Torrisholme Cemetery in Morecambe, Lancs, LA3 3LN, on Saturday, 25 April 2014, at 12.00 noon, and will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony, the Last Post and a 2 minutes silence. 

For further information contact Malcolm Brown, Hon Secretary, RBL Morecambe & Heysham Branch. E-mail: malcolmbrown@tiscali.co.uk or
Mr Leslie Croombs, Email: chef.service@outlook.com  

Northampton
Towcester Road Cemetery, Northampton NN4 8LS

A service will be held in Northampton on ANZAC Day, Saturday 25 April at 11 am, to remember 11 members of the Australian Forces who died in Northampton, and other Australian and New Zealand servicemen who are buried elsewhere in Northamptonshire.

For further details please contact Councillor David Mackintosh, Northampton Borough Council, Tel 01604 837210 or email cllr.dmackintosh@northampton.gov.uk

North Marston
St Mary’s Church, Church St, North Marston, Ayslebury MK18 3PH

This Anzac Day, St Mary’s will hold a special church service, and unveil a memorial dedicated to the crew of Wellington Bomber HE740,  The bomber crashed on 4 January 1945, killing all of the six crew, four of whom were New Zealanders.  The time for the service is still to be confirmed, and we will update this listing when the information is available.

Oxford
University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, OX1 4BJ 

A service to commemorate Anzac Day, hosted by the Oxford University Australia and New Zealand Society, will be held at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at 6pm on Saturday 25 April 2015. Guests should be seated by 5.45pm. The service is a free event and tickets are not required.  The service will be followed by a reception and formal dinner at Somerville College from 7.15pm.  Tickets for dinner are available by contacting the Secretary of OUANZ, Robert O’Shea at robert.oshea@pmb.ox.ac.uk
For further information about the venue for the service and dinner bookings contact Robert O’Shea E-mail: robert.oshea@pmb.ox.ac.uk   

Peterborough
The Broadway Cemetery, Broadway, Peterborough PE1 4DD

A service will take place at 2pm on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the grave of Sergeant Thomas Hunter - ‘The Lonely Anzac' - in The Broadway Cemetery. 

Sgt Hunter received the following Medals: 1914-1915 Star. The British War Medal 1914-1920 and the Allied Victory Medal 1914-1920

For further information contact Shirley Blackwell, Hon. Secretary RBL Peterborough Branch E-mail: shirleyblackwell@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01733 570312.

Torbay
Torquay Cemetery

For the first time this year there will be a formal dawn parade on 25 April 2015 at the Torquay Cemetery where there are six New Zealand graves from WW1.  The parade commences at 5am during which there will be an Act of Remembrance which will include the Last Post and the laying of crosses at each grave and a wreath at the central memorial.

War Memorial, Palace Avenue, Paignton, Torbay, Devon

There will be a 100th anniversary remembrance service on Saturday, 25 April 2015 at noon, beginning with a formal civic parade at the Paignton War Memorial, followed by wreath laying.

The events of the day will end with a small reception at the Conservative Club in Palace Avenue, Paignton where various items from the Gallipoli Campaign will be on show.  This will also include images and a film show.

For more information contact Kevin Jeffery, Paignton Branch of the Royal British Legion, Email: rblpaignton@gmail.com

Uxbridge
Anzac Day Service, St Mary the Virgin, Harefield, UB9 6DU

The Vicar and the Parochial Church Council of St Mary the Virgin, Harefield Anzac Day Service is to be held at 3.00pm on Saturday 25 April 2015.  The service is open to all and is followed by a wreath-laying ceremony in the Anzac Cemetery and concludes with refreshments.

For further details consult www.stmarys-harefield.com or contact Rowena Scott.  Email:

Weymouth
Anzac Memorial, The Esplanade (opposite the Russell Hotel)

In June 2005, an Anzac Memorial was unveiled on Weymouth Seafront to commemorate the thousands of New Zealand and Australian volunteer servicemen who passed through Camps and Hospitals in Dorset during the Great War (1914 – 1918) between battles in the Middle East and those on the Western Front in Europe.

This year there will be a short Service of Remembrance, including a Wreath Laying ceremony, at 11.00am on Saturday 25 April 2015.  The Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Cllr Kate Wheller will attend.

The memorial is located opposite the Russell Hotel, which was used as a hospital by the Anzac servicemen during the First World War.

For further information, please contact:
Ms Charlie Shepherd, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
E-mail:    Tel: 01305 838 512

Sunday 26 April 2015

Arbroath
Western Cemetery, Forfar Rd, Arbroath, Scotland, DD11 3RA

It is now over 10 years since the first annual Anzac Day ceremony in Arbroath.  The ceremony is arranged by the New Zealand Society (Scotland) with the co-operation of the Royal British Legion (Arbroath).  Guests are requested to arrive by 11.15am on Sunday 26 April 2015.  The service will commence at 11.30am at Western Cemetery, Arbroath, Scotland.  Wreaths are laid at the graves of New Zealand Airmen and the Last Post is played.

All are invited to the Royal British Legion HQ Clubrooms for refreshment after the Service.  For further information see www.nzsscotland.org.uk  or contact Angus Robertson, Email:

Brockenhurst
NZ War Memorial, St Nicholas’ Churchyard, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QD

The Anzac Memorial Parade and Service will be held at St Nicholas’ Church at 2.45 for 3.00pm on Sunday 26 April 2015, followed by wreath laying in the churchyard, where children will place flowers at the graves of the 94 Australian and New Zealand servicemen buried there. 
Further information can be obtained from Mr A F G Foulger MBE, (RBL Brockenhurst Branch) 'Elmina', Woodlands Road, Brockenhurst, Hants SO42 7SF. E-mail:

Bury
Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0LA

There will be two services organised by the Fusilier Museum.  On Saturday 25 April a concert service starts at 1430 (see listing above), and includes a special piece of music composed by Martin Ellerby, composer in residence to the Royal Marines.  On Sunday 26 April a commemoration service starts at 1130, followed by a parade and march past through Bury Town Centre.

For further information contact the Fusilier Museum, Moss Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0DF, Tel 0161 7638950 or email enquiries@fusiliermuseum.com

Cannock Chase
The Commonwealth Military Cemetery, Brocton, Cannock Chase, Cannock, Staffordshire

The Anzac Day Commemoration Service, which takes place at the Commonwealth Military Cemetery, Brocton, Cannock Chase, will be held this year on Sunday 25 April 2015.  The Parade forms up at 10.30am for the short march to the cemetery where there is then a short service, Last Post & Reveille followed by a Wreath Laying Ceremony. 

Guests are asked to arrive by 10.15 am, and should be aware that parking is very limited. For further information contact Mr Alan Preece, County Secretary, RBL Staffordshire.  E-mail:   Tel: 01785 226 526.

Directions to the Cemetery are available on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: www.cwgc.org 

Dublin
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

A Remembrance Service of Peace and Reconciliation, will take place on Sunday 26 April 2014, at 3.30pm.  Please note the change of venue,  for 2015 the service will take place at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (also known as Christ Church Cathedral)

Eltham
Holy Trinity Church, 59 Southend Crescent, London, SE9 2SD

In 1915, the then Vicar of Holy Trinity, Revd Henry Hall, was Chaplain to the British Army’s 29th Division which landed on Gallipoli.  On his return to London, he was responsible for transforming the Gallipoli Memorial Chapel, which was dedicated to the memory of those who did not return.

Every year since 1921 an Act of Remembrance and wreath laying has been held at the Gallipoli Chapel during the Parish Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church. 

This year the Church will hold two separate services, one on Saturday 25 April at 2pm (see listing above), and a service on Sunday 26 April during the 10.00 a.m. Mass.  The Lord Bishop of Lincoln will attend this service.

For further information contact the Church Office - Tel: 020 8859 6274, or www.ht-e.org.uk

Leighterton
Leighterton, Gloucestershire

Organised by the Gloucestershire Group of the Royal British Legion, the Leighterton Anzac Day Parade will be held on Sunday 26 April 2015.  The Parade forms up at the school at 1.30 pm for inspection and then marches to the Cemetery for a short service at 2.00 pm, in remembrance of the young air cadets who died at Leighterton and who are buried there.

The village is situated just off the A46 approximately 10 miles south of Stroud. It is a fine example of the Cotswold village and is within easy distance of many local attractions.

For further information contact Angela Darnley, RBL Gloucestershire County Secretary, Eastgate House, Eastgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1PX. E-mail: adarnley@britishlegion.org.uk

Manchester
The Southern Cemetery, Chorlton, Manchester

The Northenden Branch, Manchester of The Royal British Legion will be organising its annual ANZAC Service on Sunday, April 26th. The Service will start at 11.00 a.m. The Service will be held at The Commonwealth War Grave site in The Southern Cemetary, Chorlton, Manchester. Nearest access to the Service is from the entrance to the Cemetary on Barlow Moor Road, M21 7GL. Local Members of The Gallipolian Association and any visiting Kiwis have been invited to attend.

Light refreshments will be served at The Northenden Social Club, 412 Palatine Road, Manchester M22 4JT, all in attendance are warmly invited.  

For any further details please contact Stephen Morrison, Secretary, RBL Northenden on or 0161 376 2867.

Norfolk
Norwich Cathedral, 12 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH

The Norfolk Branch of the Britain-Australia Society will be holding a service to commemorate Anzac Day on Sunday 26 April 2015.  This year the service will be held at Norwich Cathedral at 3.30pm.   Those attending are asked to be seated in good time.

For further information contact Jane Colman. E-mail:

Northumberland
Chevington Cemetery, near Amble

The Newcastle Branch of the RAF Association arranges an Anzac Service each year on a Sunday close to 25 April.  The service includes a parade and wreath laying and is held at the gravesides of the 7 New Zealand and 3 Australian airmen who were casualties of WWII.  This year the service will be held on Sunday 26 April 2013, and will commence at 2 p.m.

Chevington Cemetery is approximately one hour north of Newcastle by car - directions can be found on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

For further information and directions, contact Sydney Graham, Chairman, Newcastle on Tyne Branch, RAF Association, Tel: 01670 731196

Sutton Veny, Wiltshire
Church of St John The Evangelist, High Street, Sutton Veny, BA12 7AP

A Service of Commemoration to mark ANZAC Day has been held since 1919 at the Church of St John The Evangelist. 

This years’ service will take place on Sunday 26 April at 3.00pm; the preacher will be The Bishop of Ramsbury.  The service will be followed by wreath-laying at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission plot in the churchyard.

For further information contact Maj. Gen. C H Elliott. E-mail:

Walton-on-Thames
St Mary’s Church, Walton-on-Thames

Since 1920 a service has been held at Walton-on-Thames to remember the 27,000 soldiers from New Zealand who were treated at the Mount Felix Hospital during the First World War.  This years Anzac Parade and Church Service will be held on Sunday 26 April 2015 at St Mary's Church, Church Street, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, please arrive by 6.15pm. 

After the Church service, wreaths will be laid around the Memorial in the adjacent churchyard.  At the end of the wreath laying service, light refreshments will be served in St Mary's Church hall.

For more information: Alan Curran, Branch Secretary, Walton & Weybridge, Royal British Legion, Tel: 01932 242 691 or visit the website: www.waltonparish.org.uk

Other Services in UK & Ireland

To check if there is an ANZAC Day or Gallipoli Commemoration Service near you, please contact your nearest branch of the Royal British Legion or the Gallipoli Association website.
 

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