Normandy 2017 Day 7 – On Hill 112

Day 7 – Monday June 5th

On Hill 112 with Albert Figg

Today saw us heading off to meet with Albert Figg again, this time on the top of Hill 112.

It has become a tradition for there to be a small ceremony on the Hill on the 5th  followed by an informal meal. This year the ceremony was larger than usual. I think people had been attracted by the recent changes to the monument.

The trees had been planted and the statue of the infantryman had also been moved into its final location. 112 trees have been planted as a living memorial to all that fought & died here. Whatever side they fought for.

 

Whilst on the Hill, we had the privilege to meet two other veterans that had fought there. Firstly David Mylchreest who at the time was a lieutenant with the 4th Somerset Light Infantry.

 

Secondly, Jack Woods who served in tanks with 9th Royal Tank Regiment. He would have been in a Churchill tank similar to the one featured in the memorial.  So, in addition to Albert, we now know a Gunner, Infantryman & tanker all of whom fought on the hill.

Ben Oostra had produced some promotional material for the Hill. Firstly, stickers displaying the emblems of all of the allied units involved in the fighting for the Hill. Secondly, a number of medallions. These were to be given  to people who had helped in promoting and supporting the efforts to raise funds and awareness of the memorials. Colin felt privileged to receive one of these in recognition of his support for the project.

Battle site photos.

We then spent the afternoon visiting key locations in the battle for Hill 112. This was to take the photographs that Colin had not been able to get on previous visits.  In July he would be delivering a talk on the topic to his local military history group – the Manchester Military History Society. This was to be this year’s annual Ian Daglish Memorial lecture

Becoming “Tired and Emotional”

It was then off to Tony and Jill Stansfield for our new accommodation for the evening and a meal with the family. As is traditional, wine flowed as did Tony’s Calva which, by the end of the evening resulted in both of us becoming “tired and emotional”!

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