Category Archives: M/Sgt Morris Sheppard

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 with the ability of catching the train prior to our scheduled one. This enabled us, once in France, to spend an hour walking around Cap Griz Nez, taking photographs of both the later German installations but also […]

Normandy 2016 Day 8 – On tour with Bill Sullivan’s family

Day 08 – Friday 3rd June Remembering Bill Sullivan An early morning start saw us headed off to Ste Mere Église – or rather the farm complex just to the East at La Fiere to meet up with Elizabeth Sullivan (wife of Veteran Bill Sullivan) & her niece, Denise. Unfortunately, Bill has succumbed to Alzheimer’s […]

Normandy June 2014 – Day#05 Tuesday 3rd June

At La Fiere A reasonably early start saw us arriving at the Sullivan family accommodation at La Fiere which is on the banks of the river Merderet which is a key battle in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division Elizabeth, Bill’s wife had found some old wartime photos of Bill that she brought out […]

Normandy 2013 – Day#10 Monday 10th June

A PoW’s  journey You’ll recall that last year we met Bill Sullivan & his wife, Elizabeth, who, whilst not one of the “MenInTheShed”, gave me (via Morris Sheppard’s son, Jim) lots of information of the time when he was “on the run” with Morris, allowing us to re-find the places they’d been, I was proud to […]

Bill Sullivan in 2012 at Sainte Mère Église

I have been sent this photograph of Bill Sullivan on 2nd June 2012 when he visited Sainte Mère Église as part of his annual trip to Normandy. In the photograph with him is Jean Paul Mandier who kindly provided the photograph – thanks JeanPaul Bill wasn’t one of “The Men in the Shed”, but he […]

Day 7: 6th June

Swapping history Before we could set off from Bayeux to meet Bill & Elizabeth Sullivan, we’d arranged to meet up with Stéphane Jacquet who is the curator of the museum at Tilly sur Seulles, just South of Bayeux. Stéphane and I had made contact through a Facebook group interested in the 6th Guards Tank Brigade […]

Day 6: 5th June

This was quite a busy day, covering Operation EPSOM, the “Scottish Corridor” and Hill 112 and then on the trail of Ray Elledge and Francis Gillespie with some “Calvados hunting” in between. Operation EPSOM, the “Scottish Corridor” and Hill 112 Last year, we had visited the “shoulder” of the Operation EPSOM battlefield when we took a look around Rauray & […]

Normandy Trip – July 2011

Normandy Trip July 2011 The first day As we had in July last year, Glyn and I set off looking forward to this trip as for part of it we would be in the company of a relative of one of the “men in the shed”. On this occasion, it would be Bobbie Harder, one […]

Normandy Visit – June 2011

So, after the sleepless start (see previous post for the horrific details of what happens if you’re late to the Chunnel on a Friday night!) & arrival at our hotel (the Formule 1 Hotel at Boulogne sur Mer) as dawn was breaking, we had a reasonable night’s sleep and so, having taken full advantage 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 […]