GLGW event: From Aotearoa to Oxford: Commemorating the New Zealand soldiers buried at Botley Cemetery

Saturday 8th October 2016
1.45 – 4.30pm

A FREE event, to which everyone is welcome

From: 1:45 – 2:45pm
Botley Cemetery, Oxford OX2 0LX
A commemoration of New Zealand soldiers and their role in the First World War
In the presence of the New Zealand High Commissioner
His Excellency The Right Honourable Sir Lockwood Smith KNZM
Accompanied by, Brigadier Evan Williams, NZ Defence Advisor,
New Zealand Defence Force

Followed by, from: 2:45 – 4:30pm
Botley WI Hall, North Hinksey Lane, Oxford OX2 0LT
(Opposite the cemetery entrance)
Refreshments, an exhibition and short talks on how and why New Zealanders came to be buried at Botley

Download flyer here: aotearoaflyer210916
Download programme for the day here: fullcolourprogramme

Supported by:
Funding from the Commonwealth Graves Commission‘s Living Memory project, which remembers the “forgotten front” – the 300,000 war graves and commemorations right here in the UK
The Faculty of History, University of Oxford
University of Oxford Botanic Garden
TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
66 Men of Grandpont
Botley Women’s Institute
Big Ideas Company


CWGC Living Memory Project

The Living Memory project remembers the “forgotten front” – the 300,000 war graves and commemorations right here in the UK.

In 2016 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in partnership with Big Ideas Company are asking the public in the British Isles to re-connect with the war dead buried in their own communities.

CWGC has 200 large sites in the UK, almost all in big city cemeteries and linked to the hospitals: the majority of these men either died of their wounds in hospital or (in 1918-19) died in the influenza epidemic. In total CWGC graves in the UK are located in over 12,000 locations. They must not be forgotten.

The CWGC Living Memory project is offering funding and resources to community groups to enable them to help us raise awareness of war graves in the UK. They are looking to support activity throughout the 1414 days of the Somme Centenary from the 1st July – 18th November 2016.

They are particularly keen to work with community groups who would like to visit and plan some activities around Oxford Botley Cemetery, one of the most notable sites in the UK. See here for further information on Botley Cemetery.

Living Memory project documents:
Living Memory Resource Pack low res
Living Memory Information for networks
Living Memory Funding Application Form