Tribute to Normandy Veterans

Posted on behalf of Peter Lloyd, from the Federation of Birmingham Ex-Service Associations Home

Hi all, because three of our Chevalier’s “D” Day veterans have not been able to have a formal burial service including the act of remembrance we wish to pay our own tribute until such time we can organise a memorial service for all veterans to enable the standard bearers to pay homage with the families blessing, please use link and forward onto colleagues,

Vétéran Chevalier Ken Reynolds la Légion d’honneur 17/12/1923-01/03/2020
Vétéran Chevalier Donald Hitchcock la Légion d’honneur 15/11/1924-13/03/2020
Vétéran Chevalier Clifford Colledge la Légion d’honneur 19/04/1923-26/03/2020
Vétéran Chevalier Harold Pearsall la Légion d’honneur 11/01/1923-29/03/2020

Tribute to Normandy Veterans

18th March 2020

Hector Duff MM, OBE, TB, Leg.d’hon, who celebrated his 100th birthday last October, was invited to a ceremony at Government House, Onchan, Isle of Man where he was presented with his MBE, on behalf of H.M The Queen by the Lt. Governor Sir Richard Gozney. Members of Hector’s family were present and the evening ended with a celebratory dinner hosted by Sir Richard & Lady Gozney

Many, Many congratulations Hector an extremely well deserved honour.

He only went and smashed it!

SONT friend and supporter Darren Crook completed his challenge on Sunday morning and what a day it turned out to be. A 0500 start, 28.5km completed, 4 hours 39 mins of which 3 hours was running and the remainder was honouring the fallen, refuelling, stopping for photos, meeting folk and helping to set up Communion at Whaddon where the Padre and his small team prayed for them.

Cheered off by members of the Melksham Band of Brothers, friends and family, the three core runners have the following stats:

Combined Age: 152 years 7 months
Combined Shoe size: 27.5
Combined Service: 98 years 3 months
Combined Egg Banjo Consumption: Significant.

2 former Army Apprentices, 3 proud soldiers – 1 a Veteran, 2 still serving, 3 Air Engineers, 3 REME, 3 standing and respecting the fallen, whether it be on our watch or before us.

The route saw Darren pay his respects at: Melksham War Memorial, United Church, Baptist Church, Avon War Memorial, St Barnabas Beanacre, Whitley Reading Rooms, Christ’s Church Shaw, Atworth Memorial, Broughton Gifford Memorial, St Mary the Virgin Church Whaddon, Semington War Memorial at St George’s Church, Seend War Memorial at Holy Cross Seend, The Old Chapel Redstocks.

A quick change parade and then he was then on parade in the Sham before attending the Service at St Michael’s. A real Run of Remembrance.

Darren said “I’ve served 11999 days today. I know it’s a bit cheeky, but wouldn’t it be great to get to £6k by tomorrow…..50p per day of service and £210 for every km run (or waded!). Thank you 🙏

I can’t begin to tell you how much the messages have meant and even if you aren’t in a position to make a financial donation, please do leave a message in support of the Melksham Remembers Team and/or The Spirit of Normandy Trust: this has been about raising awareness as much as money and I know they will appreciate moral support as much as financial support.

Joe Hodgson 1921 – 2020

We are sad to inform you of the sudden death of Joe Hodgson, born 21-12-21 died 11-1-2020 after a short illness. Joe had moved from his home in Prescot, Merseyside to live near his family on the Isle of Wight. Joe was a member of the Normandy Veterans and attended many commemorations both in the UK and in France.

The funeral will take place on February 8th at 3.45pm at the Isle of Wight Crematorium.