The Worcestershire Branch
of the Richard III Society

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The Patron of the Richard III Society is HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO

There will be a Memorial Mass for Dr John Ashdown-Hill MBE at 12 noon on Friday 6th July 2018, at St. James the Less, 51 Priory Street, Colchester, CO1 2QB.

There will be a tribute to Dr John Ashdown-Hill MBE during the service in honour of King Richard III at 4.30 pm on Saturday 7 July, as part of the 2018 Middleham Celebrates Richard III weekend, at the Church of St Mary & St Alkelda, Middleham.

John Ashdown-Hill died on Friday 18 May. He will be remembered with affection by all who knew him, and valued forever by all Ricardians for his invaluable research, especially his crucial part in the discovery of the remains of King Richard III.

The following statement is from the Executive Committee of the Richard III Society: "It is with sadness that we announce the passing today (18th May, 2018) of Dr John Ashdown-Hill. A prolific and popular author, John played an important, not to say critical, role in the Looking for Richard Project. It was he who tracked down Mike Ibsen, one of the two whose DNA helped to confirm that the remains in the car park were actually those of King Richard. When we first learnt of Johnís illness, one could only wonder how long he had before he succumbed, motor neurone disease coming in various forms, some worse than others. For John, his passing was probably a blessing though he will be much missed by his friends and members of the Society. Our thoughts and prayers go with them all at this time. The news comes too late for the June issue of the Ricardian Bulletin but there will be a full tribute in the September issue."

Richard III reburied in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday March 26 2015.
John Ashdown-Hill at the Worcestershire Branch stall at Tewkesbury Medieval Festival on  Saturday 12 July 2014.

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