Category Archives: Major Ray Elledge Jnr

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 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. Leaving  Tony & Jill  enjoying 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, we were […]

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

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. Giving back to the family of one of the men that were held in the […]

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. […]

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

Hill 112 and Ray Elledge’s Crash Site On Hill 112 Today was spent, in many ways, with our usual routine for the 5th June. A return visit to Hill112 (via Evercy church) in the company of veteran Albert Figg (who fought there) & his daughter Annette. Before adjourning to the restaurant in Evrecy for an […]

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 on 14th August 1944, of St Vigor des Mezerets  by 43rd Wessex Infantry Division (the same one that Albert Figg fought with). As part of the celebrations, following the various […]

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 […]