Centenary Commemorations at Bishopthorpe Palace


Centenary Commemorations at Bishopthorpe Palace

Staff at Bishopthorpe Palace will commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War by planting a Yew tree in the Palace woodland.

The Yew tree has been chosen because of its long life and is also a part of the Royal British legions 100th Great War Anniversary tree planting campaign.

David Atkinson, Bishopthorpe Palace Warden, and Garry O’Reagan, Head Gardener said: “We would like to dedicate this tree in memory of the men of Bishopthorpe who gave their lives in World War One. We will remember them.”

One of the men who died was the Reverend Edward Gibbs who was Domestic Chaplain to the then Archbishop of York, Cosmo Gordon Lang from 1913 to 1917.  The Revd Edward Gibbs then joined up as an Army Chaplain.  He was killed in action near Arras in Northern France on 29th March 1918.

Two other Bishopthorpe men who worked at Bishopthorpe Palace also lost their lives during WWI. Mr Charles Barker and Mr Frank Outram were employed as footmen for Archbishop Lang.

The Revd Ben Norton, Chaplain to the 4th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment and the Archbishop of York will lead the prayers on 9 November 2018. Local school children will assist in planting the tree and will lay a wreath to mark the centenary commemorations. 


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