Tag Archives: Francis Gillespie

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 as Colin wanted to take photographs of the locations of damaged and destroyed Churchill tanks following the battle to liberate the village as he needed this for his war gaming group and his military […]

Normandy 2016 Day 11 – A Day of Remembrance

Day 11 – Monday 6th June As in past years, this was going to be a very busy day – including saving the Honour of the Welsh Guards! But more of that, later! Honouring the fallen at Hottot Les Bagues We started with a visit to Hottot Les Bagues Commonwealth War Cemetery and the first […]

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 2014 – Day#04 Monday 2nd June

German Military Cemetery at Marigny Initially, we’d planned to use this day checking out again Ray Elledge’s crash site where we would have dug up some of the metal. However, as this had now been confirmed as not a crash site, we decided to do something different and decided to head off to Coutances as […]

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 […]

Normandy tour 2013

Normandy… And so it came to pass, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen, that our heroes did decide that the time had come to once again embark on their quest to quaff ales and wines from far and near, to eat food that they were not sure of and to boldly go […]

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 & […]