Category Archives: Pvt Gerald Willen

Normandy 2017 Day 9 – Estry, Deep Purple, barbed wire and beer

Day 9 – Wednesday 7th June A walk around Estry This morning we spent time looking around the village of Estry. Taking photographs of the locations of damaged and destroyed Churchill tanks following the battle to liberate the village. Colin needed these in relation to his war gaming group, and his military history society.   […]

Normandy 2017 Day 8 – Chasing Ray Elledge and other Americans

Day 8 – Tuesday 6th June A late start! We had a late start today. Partly as we’d decided on a leisurely lie-in, but more to do with the previous night’s socialising! Chasing Ray Elledge and other Americans (again!) Our plan for the day was to use the narrative in Ray Elledge’s manuscript to try […]

Normandy 2017 Day 4 – Mixing history and beers; a heady cocktail

Day 4 – Friday 2nd June Mixing history An early start saw us arrive at the Eurotunnel terminal in time to catch a train prior to that on which we were scheduled. Arriving earlier in France than planned allowed us to spend an hour walking around Cap Gris-Nez. Here we took photographs of both the […]

Normandy August 2014 – Day#06 – Monday 18th August

What it’s all about: sharing history with relatives Our final day dawned clear, but still with a wind whipping up the waves. However, we couldn’t hang around as we had to head back to catch the Chunnel & arrange to meet up with Pat & Joan Gillespie – Pat is the niece of Gerald Willen […]

Updates to Gerald Willen’s pages

I’ve spent a couple of days uploading some of the additional information that Scott Willen (Gerald’s son) sent me. In particular there are details from a large newspaper article published on the eve of D-Day’s 50th Anniversary together will a follow-up article from later in the month advising of his death. There’s also lots of […]

Visit to Normandy – July 2010

This year’s trip was always going to have the opportunity to be special ever since earlier in the year when I’d received an email from Jesse Sheppard (Grandson of Morris Sheppard, one of the “names” in the Shed). The anticipation was increased once it also looked as ‘though Jim, Jesse’s father & Morris’ son would […]

Visit to Normandy – July 2009

Friday 24th July Flt Lt John Worthington Harder We (Glyn, Benoît (our translator – local lad interested in local history & with very good English) and me) set out on our 2 hour drive (having driven over 8 to get to “the Shed” the day before!) down to Evron, the town where John had crashed […]