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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 held in 2014 is below for reference.

Sunday 13 April 2014

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

The St Albans annual Anzac Day Service will be held this year on Sunday 13 April 2014 at the Cemetery in Hatfield Road, St Albans.  The Parade meets at the cemetery gates in Hatfield Road at 2.45pm, 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:

Friday 25 April 2014

Aberdeen
St Machars Cathedral, AB24 1RQ

There will be an ANZAC Service at St Machars Cathedral on Friday 25 April, commencing at 7pm.   The service will be attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Aberdeenshire and the Provost of Aberdeen.

Alrewas
The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

The Arboretum’s annual Anzac Day Service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday 25 April 2013 in the Millennium Chapel. Please arrive at 10.45am, for a 11.00am start. The Service will be followed by the laying of wreaths at the Gallipoli Memorial, which commemorates its 10th anniversary at the NMA this year.   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

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:

Dublin
Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue

The Australian Embassy, Dublin, will hold an Anzac Dawn Service at 6.30am on Friday 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 (+353) 01 6645312.  Please note: as this is an outdoor event you may wish to bring an umbrella in the event of wet weather.

Dublin
St Anne’s Church, Dawson St, Dublin 2

A Remembrance Service of Peace and Reconciliation, will take place on Friday 25 April 2014, at 7.30pm (guests to be seated by 7.15pm) in St Ann's Church, Dawson St, Dublin 2.  To help with planning, if you are interested in attending, you are requested to contact the NZ Ireland Association, email:   or Chris Kinder. E-Mail:   Website: www.newzealand.ie

Edinburgh
Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle

The Anzac and Gallipoli Day service will be held in the Shrine of The Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle at 12.00 noon, on Friday 25 April 2014.

The Memorial is situated at the very top of Edinburgh Castle.  The short service will be followed by the laying of wreaths.  Pipers assist with the wreaths and the playing of The Last Post.

The general public, members of the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS) and visitors from Australia and New Zealand are more than welcome to attend the Service. Due to space constraints, a complimentary ticket is required, and numbers are limited.  Tickets will be available on a ‘first come/first served’ basis from RBLS staff positioned on the Castle Esplanade (near the box office) from approximately 9.30am on Friday 25 April.  Please note that this ticket is issued as a courtesy to attend the Anzac Service and does not allow free entry to the remainder of the Castle Grounds.

Those taking part are requested to assemble at the War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle by 11:45 am. 

For more information please contact: The Royal British Legion of Scotland, New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HR, E-mail: Tel: 0131 550 1562

Guildford
St-Martha-on-the-Hill, Halfpenny Lane, Chilworth, Guildford

A simple service is held in the churchyard where Lieutenant-General Bernard Freyberg VC, GCMG, KCB, KBE, DSO is buried, at 4.00pm on Friday 25 April 2014.

As the church is at the top of a hill, it is recommended that guests arrive at approximately 3.30pm.  The church is accessible on foot via a moderate 10 minute walk on an unpaved track.  The organisers have normally been able to arrange limited transport for those unable to walk, and it is helpful if people who may be needing assistance could contact the church staff in advance if this is required.  Contact details are: Mr Reg Miles, 32 Ryle Road, Farnham, GU9 8RW Tel: 01252 728172.

Oxford
Merton College Chapel, Oxford University

A service to commemorate Anzac Day, hosted by the Oxford University Australia and New Zealand Society, will be held in Merton College Chapel at 5.30pm for a 6pm start on Friday 25 April 2014.  The service will be followed by dinner (guests welcome but space limited).
For further information about the venue for the service and dinner bookings contact Mimi Zou E-mail:   

Peterborough
The Broadway Cemetery, Broadway, Peterborough PE1 4DD

A service will take place at 2.30pm on Friday 25 April 2014 at the grave of Sergeant Thomas Hunter - ‘The Lonely Anzac' - in The Broadway Cemetery. 

For further information contact Shirley Blackwell, Hon. Secretary RBL Peterborough Branch E-mail: Tel: 01733 649165.

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 Friday 25 April 2014.  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, on Friday 25 April 2014, with the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland in attendance.  The service will begin at approximately 10.50am and finish by 11.10am.

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 838 000

Saturday 26 April 2014

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 26 April 2014 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.

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, 26 April 2014, at 12.00 noon, and will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony, the Last Post and a 2 minute silence. 

For further information contact Malcolm Brown, Hon Secretary, RBL Morecambe & Heysham Branch. E-mail:    or
Mr Leslie Croombs, Email:
 

Sunday 27 April 2014

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 27 April 2014.  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 Ereti Mitchell, Email:

Ballance House, Co. Antrim
Ballance House, 118a Lisburn Rd, Glenavy, Co. Antrim, BT29 4NY

The Ulster New Zealand Trust at Ballance House will be holding their annual commemoration for New Zealand and Irish soldiers who lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign. The service will commence at 2.30pm with a short Interdenominational Religious Service at which wreathes will be laid on behalf of Regimental Associations. Light refreshments with a performance by a local Territorial Army Pipe Band and a presentation on the Gallipoli campaign will follow.

This service is open to anyone, please contact the Administrator on 028 9265 1564 or by Friday 18th April if you wish to attend.

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 27 April 2014, 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:

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 27 April 2014.  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 

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

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 service will be held on Sunday 27 April during the 10.00 a.m. Mass, and Canon Jane Hedges, Archdeacon of Westminster will be the preacher.

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.

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 27 April 2014.  The Parade forms up at the school at 2.30 pm for inspection and then marches to the Cemetery for a short service at 3.00 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:

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 27th. 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.

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 27 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

Suffolk
St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh

The Suffolk Branch of the Britain-Australia Society will host the Anzac Day Service at St Mary’s Church, Hadleigh, Suffolk on Sunday 27 April 2013.  The service commences at 3.00pm.

Further information can be obtained from Hadleigh Town Council, T: 01473 823884 or E:

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 27 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 27 April 2014 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

Warrington
Soldiers’ Corner, Warrington Cemetery

The Annual Service of Remembrance is to be held on Sunday 27 April at 4.15pm at Soldiers’ Corner, Warrington Cemetery, Manchester Road on Sunday 22 April 2013.

The Service is run by representatives from the Borough Council.  For further details please contact the Mayor’s Secretary, Julie Pickering, Tel: 01925 442143. E-mail:   

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