Back to Hill 226…
Saturday morning saw Glyn & me back onto Hill 226, wading along the edge of the fields through waist high crops so that I could get some clear photographs to supplement my talk of the battle as we’d not been able to take them yesterday. Whilst their we found a small metal “O” ring… part of farm equipment or from a Churchill Tank – we’ll never know, but I know what I tell people!
At Hottot les Bagues
Then, after what was a quite exhausting climb due to the heat, we headed back into our car & off to Villers Bocage for a deserving cool beer before heading back up to Hill 112 to meet Malcolm Fleming and his family as they were on their way to Hottot CWGC to place a further wreath and some Poppy Crosses on behalf of Muir Findlay. We had agreed to meet them on Hill 112 so that they could see a Churchill tank of the type that Malcolm’s father would have served in.
Off-roading for Devonshire
After a poignant time in the peace of the cemetery, we went our separate ways – Malcolm & his family back towards Caen, whilst we went in search of the 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment. This is the unit that Chapman, Lawrence & Blunt were serving with when they were captured on 11th July 1944. Prior to our visit, I’d been able to find out the approximate positions of the unit at around this time. Fortunately, the off-road prowess of my Landrover came into good use as we realised that the track that we needed to drive down was, shall we say, a little under-tarmacked! At the same time, as we went on, it gave a great feel for the sort of conditions of the time – narrow enclosed lanes; the ability to alter the ride height was most useful!
Photos taken, we headed back for our meal at Tony & Jill’s