New sign to mark Commonwealth war graves in Keddington

A new sign has been installed at St Mary’s Churchyard in Keddington, as part of a campaign to signpost all Commonwealth war graves across the country to commemorate the end of the First World War.

The new 'Commonwealth War Graves' sign.

Peter Moore, a member of the PCC at St James, installed the ‘Commonwealth War Graves’ sign at the end of February.

Mr Moore said: “The church itself is now an Air BnB, but the majority of the churchyard remains under the care of the Dioceses.

“This was part of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s campaign to get all graves signposted in commemoration of the end of World War One.

One of the two Commonwealth war graves located in Keddington.

“It took a bit longer than that to get Keddington’s sign, but we have it now!”

Peter continued: “The aim of the initiative is to increase awareness of war graves in the UK and to remind the public that they need not travel abroad to find Commonwealth commemorations. This could result in encouraging a greater interest in churchyards and church buildings, and to increase visitor numbers to them.”

Two such war graves can be found in Keddington: Private Leslie Hill and Flight Lieutenant Christopher Staniland, who both died during the Second World War.

Visit www.cwgc.org for more details about the Commonwealth war graves in your local area.

One of the two Commonwealth war graves located in Keddington.