MAFCSV Service of Remembrance
The Memorial Association for Free Czechoslovak Veterans held their memorial service at the National Memorial in Brookwood. The event was attended by families, children from the Czech and Slovak schools as well as Defence Attaches from 10 UK Embassies including representation of Norway, Australia and New Zealand.Web Pages Here
Yvonne Cormeau's Blue Plaque
Secret World War 2 and The Guinness Partnership unveiled a Blue Plaque honouring war time agent Yvonne Cormeau at Holbein Place in London. Yvonne's daughter and grandaughter attended with family members.Web Pages Here
SOE Palmach & Jews Honoured at the Last Post
On Sunday 4th September 2022 Secret World War 2 and representatives of AJEX and the Israeli Embassy gathered at the Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial to the Missing to honour Palestinian Jews who fought with the Allies. The ceremony at the Memorial was extended to the Last Post Service at the Air Forces Shelter where prayers were the kaddish were again voiced. Web Pages Here
Belgian SOE Agents Remembered
at the Last Post Service July 2022
Services began at the 1939-45 Brookwood Memorial to the missing. The Belgian Agents have no known grave & so their names are recorded there on Panel 22. Their stories were told by Paul McCue at the Memorial & again later at the Air Forces Shelter where Captain Flamant placed a wreath on behalf of the Belgian people & their Ambassador in the UK.Web Pages Here
Memorial Day Service 2022
At the American Cemetery Brookwood
An event introduced by Commissioner Matthew Jones of the American Battle Monuments Commission and addressed by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant Mr Michael More-Molyneux; Brigadier General William L. Marshall representing the USAF Europe & the USAF Africa and Mr Matthew Palmer, Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy in London. Ceremonial and event music was played by the Gordon School Pipes & Drums and the United States Air Forces in Europe Band.
The event was planned and arranged by Angelo Munsel, Superintendent with the help and support of Gail Anderson, Cemetery Associate. The grounds were prepared by Cliff and Ashley. Refreshments were hosted at The Trench Experience courtesy of Eddie Jones.The page is here.
SWW2LN Commemorative Service at the
Air Forces Memorial Runnymede
Held for the WAAF and RAFVR agents of M.I.9 and the Special Operations Executive (SOE). And the aircrew of the Special Duties Squadrons of the Royal Air Force all of whom are commemorated on the Runnymede Air Forces War Memorial.
The service was held on Sunday 28th November 2021.Web Pages Here
Veterans Day Service 14th November 2021
Four guests addressed the assembly at the American Military Cemetery Brookwood. These were Mr Philip Reeker, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom; Brigadier-General Jefferson J O'Donnell, Defence Attache of the Embassy of the United States of America; Mr Timothy Walz, Governor of Minnesota and Councillor Liam Lyons, Mayor of Woking. Alongside families & service personnel the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, the High Sherrif of Surrey, Colonel Graham Johnson of the Army Medical Services and others participated in the service.
Here is a web page about Governor Walz visit & link to images of the service overall.
German Memorial Service 14th November 2021
Families and service personell were once again able to meet together. Brigadier General Obernmeyer led the service alongside Military Chaplain Rudiger Scholz.Here
French Memorial Service 11th November 2021
On Thu 11th November the French Ambassador, Catherine Colonna attended a ceremony at Brookwood Military Cemetery. The Ambassador paid tribute to the French and foreign soldiers who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars. Also present was Samantha Cazebonne, Senator for French citizens abroad, Guillaume Bazard, French Consul General in London, and Admiral Herve Hamelin, Defence Attache. After the ceremony the Ambassador accompanied Comonwealth War Graves Comission gardeners to the trees planted which represent France in the Cemetery & in which the Ambassador has a special interest. Image Album Here
On Sunday 7th November 2021 several Remembrance Services were held at Brookwood. Below are photo albums of each one providing a simple record of significant events.
Italian Service of Remembrance 11:00hrs
The Italian memorial Service is Here
Last Post 15:00hrs
Novembers Last Post is Here
Polish Service of Remembrance 15:30hrs
The Polish Service of Remembrance is Here
MAFCSV Memorial Service 31st October 2021
After an absence because of covid restrictions the MAFCSV held a wide ranging memorial service & celebration including school children, families, cadets,dignitaries and diplomats.Events began at the National Memorial and concluded at the Trench Experience.Here
Rededication of the Belgian Memorial
& Brookwood Last Post 80th Anniversary
Rededication of the Belgian Memorial by Captain Flamant, the Defence Attache of the London Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium & the 80th Anniversary of continuous service by the Brookwood Last Post Association. The album is here.
Memorial Day 2021
At the American Cemetery Brookwood
Mrs Caryn R. McClelland, A/Deputy Charge d'Affaires of the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom attended a covid restricted ceremony. This web page shows the ceremony and related information.The page is here.
The Bellasis Information Board
On the 14th July 2021 the SWW2LN & supporting organisations unveiled an Information Board detailing the role of Bellasis House in training Czechoslovakian SOE Agents & their role in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. A Photo Album: Here
Edita Sedlakova & Zdenek Sedlak
Together Forever 2021
On the 9th May the Czech and Slovak Ambassadors, Defence Attache, MAFCSV, CWGC, families & friends gathered to honour Edita Sedlakova by inaugurating a military headstone. Theirs is a story of romance & tragedy.Here
Armistice Week 2020
In 2020 attendance & the ceremonies themselves at Brookwood were affected by covid restrictions. Here is a 6 minute video recording a tribute to American Great War dead.And a handful of images from other services. Here
Remembering Marína PAULÍNY in 2020
On International Women's Day the Slovak Ambassador and Chair of MAFCV began the process of refurbishing Marina Pauliny's grave in Brookwood Cemetery. Marina led an extraordinary life crossing continents in support of her beloved homeland. These pages share a little of her life story and show the effort to reclaim her grave.
This work was completed with a ceremony on her 2020 birthday. Here
Madam President Zuzana Čaputová 2019
On Wed 4th December Madam President Zuzana Čaputová of Slovakia attended Brookwood in the UK to lay a wreath at the Czechoslovak Memorial, plant the 13th Tree of Peace, meet the Sri-Chimnoy Oneness-Home Peace Runners and friends and family from the local community. Here
Over the Years - Remembrance Services
A number of remembrance, memorial services & homage over a number of years. These include American, French, German, Polish, Czech & Slovak, Italian, Canadian & UK Services. Additionally the Centenary Service of entry of USA to the Great War as well as the CWGC celebration of the life of Violet Szabo. Here
Brookwood Military Cemetery
Inscription of every warriors name on the Chapel Walls
of the American Cemetery.
A full set of Panels from the Russia Memorial (removed in 2015) added in legible format. The Memorial showed the only VC recipient commemorated at Brookwood. Shown here
Images of Panel 26 & 27 of the 1939-45 Brookwood Memorial updated to show the
' including new inscriptions for Israeli SOE Agents
Short initial section added about the 2015: 1914-18 Brookwood Memorial
easily readable in high definition here
An interactive cemetery map. Shows images of all sections of the military cemetery including burial plots and memorials. Includes allied nationals, Chelsea Pensioners, QA Nurses as well as German and Italian plots.Enter
High definition images now added showing all names on each of the
Brookwood Memorial Panels - shortcut
High definition images - zoom to full size, now added (2015) of all fourteen
Panels on the UK 1914-18 Memorial
(As opposed to the the 1914 -1918 Brookwood Memorial noted at top)
RecentWork - shown above. Click on title or link to see album.
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