War dead honoured at Winchester Cathedral

Hampshire Chronicle: The act of remembrance at the war memorial. The act of remembrance at the war memorial.

WINCHESTER fell silent yesterday as hundreds gathered at the cathedral to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

This year remembrance Sunday fell on the actual date of the armistice which signalled the end of the First World War – November 11.

Remembrance Sunday was marked by servicemen and women, past and present, joined by the public to honour those who fell not only in the Two World wars, but also more recent conflicts such as the Falkland Islands and the war in Afghanistan.

Rear Admiral Iain Henderson shared his thoughts during the sermon. He said: “The numbers lost may be small by comparison but the sight of a coffin coming back from Afghanistan is a solemn reminder of lives shattered.”

Led by the Dean of Winchester Cathedral, James Atwell, the service began at 10am and the cathedral was completely full, with uniforms of every description, from the Parachute Regiment to the fire brigade, and from boy scouts to the ambulance service.

Winchester Cathedral choir began proceedings by singing Laurence Binyon’s They Shall Grow Not Old, with the event culminating with an act of remembrance at the war memorial on the green. Wreathes were laid, with Captain Christopher Fagan representing The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan.

It was an exceptionally clear and bright morning, with the many medals and ceremonial swords on display glimmering brightly in the sun as the Last Post was sounded.

Members of the public and service personnel alike agreed that it was a fitting tribute. James Clinker, 67, who is a former soldier and presently works at Worthy Down, said: “The sermon was absolutely brilliant. I thought the whole service was outstanding. Yes, it was very moving.”

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bettysenior says...

The Unsung Heroes of our Great Country who in Reality Saved our Nation but where we have ‘Never’ really Recognized them or Celebrate them for saving us from the Tyranny of Nazi Domination

In this period of remembrance for all those who lost their lives and fought in two world wars we have to thanks all those inventors who made possible victory in Europe. So much is said and rightly so, about the courage and sheer suffering that our boys (and girls) endured so that we won the two world wars but the boys and women who behind the scenes made it possible are hardly ever mentioned by the media – the vital unsung heroes and without we would now be under Nazi domination. In this respect if radar had not been invented we would not have won the war of the skies in 1940, as we would not have then had the advantage of surprise (and historians state that Germany would have taken over Britain). It was down to Robert Watson-Watt, the son of a carpenter and cabinet together with people like Arthur C. Clarke. If Barnes Wallis (the son of a GP) and inventor of the bouncing bomb, tall boy that sunk the Tirpitz and the larger earthquake bomb that destroyed underground Nazi communication systems prior to D-Day, the Normandy Landings may have very well been thwarted. If John Argyris, the unsung hero who made military aircraft far safer and fixed up to 85% of all structural faults in some of our military plane before D-Day, would we have won the air war over Europe allowing the allies to roam wherever they wished. Indeed without air-cover the war in Europe may very well have been lost. Argryis’s work has been hidden for years and where his work could have literally saved 100s of thousands of allied lives. Little know also is that Argryis’s uncle was Einstein’s mentor and in this respect he said of his mentor, “My mentor (Constantin Carathéodory was an unrivalled Greek, to whom I, as well as mathematics, physics and the wisdom of our century owe everything.” Indeed, On December 19, 2005, Israeli officials along with Israel’s ambassador to Athens, Ram Aviram, presented the Greek foreign ministry with copies of 10 letters between Albert Einstein and Constantin Carathéodory that suggest that the work of Carathéodory helped shape some of Albert Einstein’s theories. If it had not been for people like Alan Turing (a civil servant’s son and an average performing pupil at School) and his work at Bletchley Park, WW2 would have gone on for at least a further 3-years with the loss of hundreds of thousands of additional lives. These to name but only a few of our unsung heroes and where there is a multitude of inventors that without them we would certainly have lost the war in my humble opinion. It is therefore about time that this nation recognized all this and had an official day to celebrate our great inventors, engineer and scientists. For without them, we would be have gained little and most probably even been enslaved by what can only be described as an evil power, according to what we now know from history. They are therefore in reality the great protectors of our nation but where we always forget them and never thank them for saving us.

Dr David Hill
Chief Executive
World Innovation Foundation
Huddersfield, United Kingdom – Bern, Switzerland – Arlington, United States of America
The Unsung Heroes of our Great Country who in Reality Saved our Nation but where we have ‘Never’ really Recognized them or Celebrate them for saving us from the Tyranny of Nazi Domination In this period of remembrance for all those who lost their lives and fought in two world wars we have to thanks all those inventors who made possible victory in Europe. So much is said and rightly so, about the courage and sheer suffering that our boys (and girls) endured so that we won the two world wars but the boys and women who behind the scenes made it possible are hardly ever mentioned by the media – the vital unsung heroes and without we would now be under Nazi domination. In this respect if radar had not been invented we would not have won the war of the skies in 1940, as we would not have then had the advantage of surprise (and historians state that Germany would have taken over Britain). It was down to Robert Watson-Watt, the son of a carpenter and cabinet together with people like Arthur C. Clarke. If Barnes Wallis (the son of a GP) and inventor of the bouncing bomb, tall boy that sunk the Tirpitz and the larger earthquake bomb that destroyed underground Nazi communication systems prior to D-Day, the Normandy Landings may have very well been thwarted. If John Argyris, the unsung hero who made military aircraft far safer and fixed up to 85% of all structural faults in some of our military plane before D-Day, would we have won the air war over Europe allowing the allies to roam wherever they wished. Indeed without air-cover the war in Europe may very well have been lost. Argryis’s work has been hidden for years and where his work could have literally saved 100s of thousands of allied lives. Little know also is that Argryis’s uncle was Einstein’s mentor and in this respect he said of his mentor, “My mentor (Constantin Carathéodory [Karatheodoris] was an unrivalled Greek, to whom I, as well as mathematics, physics and the wisdom of our century owe everything.” Indeed, On December 19, 2005, Israeli officials along with Israel’s ambassador to Athens, Ram Aviram, presented the Greek foreign ministry with copies of 10 letters between Albert Einstein and Constantin Carathéodory [Karatheodoris] that suggest that the work of Carathéodory helped shape some of Albert Einstein’s theories. If it had not been for people like Alan Turing (a civil servant’s son and an average performing pupil at School) and his work at Bletchley Park, WW2 would have gone on for at least a further 3-years with the loss of hundreds of thousands of additional lives. These to name but only a few of our unsung heroes and where there is a multitude of inventors that without them we would certainly have lost the war in my humble opinion. It is therefore about time that this nation recognized all this and had an official day to celebrate our great inventors, engineer and scientists. For without them, we would be have gained little and most probably even been enslaved by what can only be described as an evil power, according to what we now know from history. They are therefore in reality the great protectors of our nation but where we always forget them and never thank them for saving us. Dr David Hill Chief Executive World Innovation Foundation Huddersfield, United Kingdom – Bern, Switzerland – Arlington, United States of America bettysenior

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