The Gravesite

British Commonwealth War Graves at Old Holy Trinity Church

The Commonwealth War Graves Memorial at Old Holy Trinity Church in Middleton. On Remembrance Day, wreaths are placed here following the regular indoor service held elsewhere in town.

This burial site of the British Commonwealth Airmen honours those who lost their lives while serving during World War II at RAF Station Greenwood in the nearby Village of Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

Commonwealth service personnel who served at Greenwood were from the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand. Most of these men were combat veterans and survivors from the Battle of Britain. During World War II, there were 28 airplane crashes out of Greenwood (including two mid air collisions) resulting in 70 deaths. Of the 70 that died, 27 are buried at this British Commonwealth War Graves site in Middleton.

In 1943, the Rosemary Chapter of the I.O.D.E. Of Middleton, decided they would honour all these service men. Every year since, a “Decoration of War Graves” ceremony is conducted at this grave site. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #1 of Middleton and CFB Greenwood now organize this service. The Greenwood Pipes & Drums followed by the Legion Colour Party lead a marching contingent of Veterans, serving members from CFB Greenwood, and Air Cadets. A single rose is placed on each grave followed by a Wreath Laying Memorial Service.

The Parade arrives for the Memorial Service.
The Memorial Service in Progress. Laying of Wreaths followed.
The Memorial Honour Guard patiently awaits dismissal.
The Memorial Honour Guard patiently awaits dismissal.
Depositing the Memorial Roses.
With the Memorial Service completed, the Parade prepares to march off.
A WW II Veteran beside the Memorial following the Service.