Aylesbury Vale is commemorating World War I with a programme of events and activities.
January – July 2015 WWI schools project
Funded by the Community Covenant scheme, AVDC launched a mobile exhibition as part of the centenary commemoration. The exhibition toured the schools, museum and libraries in the district between January and July.
The Aylesbury Vale Remembers magazine and film can be accessed online.
Centenary of the First World War County co-ordinating meeting
The next meeting will be at Viney House on Saturday 17th October 2015. For more information please call Army Reserve Centre, Aylesbury 01296 744552.
Victoria Cross paving stone
On Friday 28 April 2017, a Victoria Cross paving stone will be laid at the foot of the War Memorial at Oakley Church to commemorate an act of bravery by Company Sergeant Major Edward Brooks of the 2/4th Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
The citation is as follows: "For most conspicuous bravery. This Warrant Officer, while taking part in a raid on the enemy's trenches, saw that the front wave was checked by an enemy machine-gun at close quarters. On his own initiative, and regardless of personal danger, he rushed forward from the second wave with the object of capturing the gun, killing one of the gunners with his revolver and bayoneting another. The remainder of the gun's crew then made off, leaving the gun in his possession. Company Sgt-Major Brooks then turned the machine-gun on to the retreating enemy, after which he carried it back into our lines. By his courage and initiative he undoubtedly saved many casualties, and greatly added to the success of the operations".
(Source: VCs of the First World War – Arras and Messines 1917)
The Oakley Victoria Cross paving stone will be one of only two currently scheduled to be laid in Buckinghamshire.
Buckinghamshire Remembers is running 2 projects: one on those who lost their lives as a result of the Great War, the other also looking at those who survived.