Category Archives: Major Ray Elledge Jnr

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 September 2015 – Day #06 – Monday 14th September 2015

A surprise for Martha So our last day with Martha & Sam started off bright & early with a filling traditionally French breakfast at Tony & Jill’s. Leaving them in the sunshine, we headed off to Barrie’s & the Shed. What Martha didn’t know was there was a little surprise in store for her! Initially, […]

Normandy September 2015 – Day #05 – Sunday 13th September 2015

So, having met Sam & Martha for a meal last night, today we were off in the footsteps of Martha’s father – Major Raymond P Elledge Jr. In many ways, today was all about the whole point of this project: being able to give back to the family of one of the men that were […]

Normandy June 2015 – Day#10 Tuesday 9th June

Final day in France Our final full day in France saw us heading up to Abbeville where we were staying near to the Comptoir du Malt brewpub (surprise, surprise!) and so we decided to have a look at the town, itself. Food and beer first and then a wander around this lovely town. St Wulfran’s […]

Normandy June 2015 – Day#06 – Friday 5th June

On Hill 112 Today was spent, in many ways, with our usual routine for the 5th June: a return visit to Hill112 in the company of veteran Albert Figg (who fought there) & his daughter Annette before adjourning to the restaurant in Evrecy for an enjoyable meal. This year, however, was slightly different… First of […]

Normandy August 2014 – Day#04 – Saturday 16th August

Preparations for the “Men in the Shed” talk So, the Big Day dawned… Today was the day chosen to celebrate the Liberation, 70 years ago, of St Vigor des Mezerets (the actual day was 14th August 1944) by 43rd Wessex Infantry Division (the same one that Albert Figg fought with). As part of the celebrations, […]

Normandy June 2014 – Day#03 Sunday 1st June

Change of plans to look for Ray Elledge We had planned to take a gentle meander through the French countryside and take our time in driving to our accommodation for the evening at Hebecrevon. However just outside of Abbeville, we received a phone call. My initial thought was to panic as it was obviously a […]

Normandy 2013 – Day#8 Saturday 8th June

Presentations and P47s in Normandy With Peter Findlay So, as is usual on these trips, we got up in the morning & immediately amended the plans that we had for the day! The reason for this was that Peter Findlay, one of our hosts, was being honoured with the presentation of a medal from the […]

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 & […]

Happy to help

A little while ago (well, the end of last year, actually… I must get into writing things in a more timely way!!) I was pleased to be able to help a relative of Ray Elledge & their friend during their brief visit to Normandy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get over there in person due […]