1 month ago
D-Day Para veteran John « Jock Hutton died this week.
On D-Day, Jock jumped into Normandy as a 19-year-old parachutist serving with 13th Parachute Battalion’s mortar platoon. The battalion’s mission was to liberate and defend the village of Ranville which it achieved despite numerous counter attacks.
Jock, from Stirling in Scotland, was wounded in June but recovered to rejoin the battalion and participated in the battalion subsequent operations up to the end of the war.
He remained in the armed forces serving with the Rhodesian SAS, retiring as Regimental Sergeant Major.
Last year, Jock once again jumped into Normandy for 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
Rest in Peace Jock.
We will all miss you at the Memorial Pegasus. ...
Merci Monsieur. Grand respect. RIP.
Reposez en paix monsieur...😥
Rip soldat Hutton respect et honneur merci nous vous oublieront jamais
RIP et merci pour ce que avez fait vous êtes un héros éternel respect...
Un grand respect MONSIEUR REPOSÉ en paix triste
Respect à vous et à tous vos frère qui se sont battus . Reposez en paix
Condolences to the family. Such a privilege to see and speak with Jock last year in Normandy. Hero
RI P et MERCI
A true hero and amazing character. Thoughts and prayers are with Jocks family.
Brave man! RIP
🙏😞🌠🌹 R.I.P.. Thank you SIR.
😢 sad to hear, what an incredible story.
RIP Sir, Utrinque Paratus
R.I.P Sir 🌹🏴🇬🇧🌹
Unvergessen für immer in unseren Herzen 🙏🙏🙏❤️
God bless you Jock
Reposez en paix Monsieur et Merci
Honneur à vous cher ancien.Nous les enfants de la der des ders nous savons ce que nous devons aux vaillants combattants de toutes nationalités, de toutes couleurs de peaux.Nos prières iront vers vous.
Respect repose en paix vieux soldat
Respect à ce MONSIEUR. Repose en paix au paradis.
RIP Sir. Your service is done. Thank you Sir. 😥
2 months ago
US D-Day Veteran Charles Shay recently paid a visit to the museum. Charles, 95 years old, served as an unarmed combat medic in 16th Infantry regiment of the 1st US Infantry Division landing on Omaha Beach on 6th June 1944.
For his outstanding bravery, Charles was decorated with a Silver Star and a Bronze Star, by a grateful US nation.
Charles Shay is one of the last surviving American Indian veterans and indeed one of the last surviving American soldiers to have landed in Normandy on D-Day.
Charles now lives in Normandy with his French friends and we look forward to welcoming him back to the museum in the near future. ...
Commonwealth War Graves Commission80 years ago this month The Parachute Regiment were formed. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemorates those who served in airborne forces during the Second World War at cemeteries and memorials around the world.
One site that has a particularly close connection though is Ranville War Cemetery in Normandy – originally called the airborne cemetery.
My Grandad is buried here in the actual churchyard - William Williams. It is beautifully kept and we are always sincerely grateful that he is buried in such a beautiful resting place. God bless them all! 4 generations have visited and tears fall on every occasion still
Usually at this cemetery every June to commemorate 6 June - sadly not this year
Remember our visit very well - a beautiful place.
Remembering Wilfred Errol Miles Littlewood.MM .6th Airborne.Never Forgotten by son Roger Littlewood
visited many times and it never fails to touch me. Such young men but beautifully remembered in the place they gave their lives to free.❤
I visited this beautifully kept cemetery in 2017. A peaceful resting place for those who died so young.
My favourite CWGC cemetery. The location, the layout, the people, the commemoration service, the servicemen and women, the immaculate graves. Always my first calling point when going to Normandy and my last.
Andy Super-spurs Evans Michael Edge Pryce
Fortunate to have visited this cemetery, beautifully kept ,
Couple of pictures I took on my last visit in 2016... shame we couldn't get there this year.
Jim, have you seen this? John Bonner, our uncle is buried here. 19 years old
HD Brotheridge was accidentally killed by a British weapon during the attack on the bridge. john howard kept the secret for a very long time forcing the historical authors not to reveal the terrible reality.
Beautifully kept in memory of those who fell.
André and Chantal Bosquain from the village of Grangues, several kilometres to the east of Pegasus Bridge, laid a memorial cross at the 7th Battalion memorial at Bénouville, on behalf of a young parachutist killed in 1944.
Geoffrey Copson was 20 years of age, serving with 7th Parachute Battalion, when he was killed on 6th June. Every year Geoffrey’s family attend the D-Day commemorations. Sadly, because of the Corona Virus, the family was unable to return to Normandy and Geoffrey’s grave.
For the last three decades, Andre and Chantal Bosquain have organised the commemorations in the village of Grangues where a memorial commemorates over 50 men, including Geoffrey Copson, who were killed in the village and the surrounding countryside in June 1944. ...
Merci Chantal et André pour votre indéfectible soutien aux familles 👏🏻🙏😇
Merci à vous madame et monsieur, merci pour eux.
Merci Chantal et André qui font tant pour préserver la mémoire des soldats de la 6ème Division Aéroportée.
Malgré l annulation des festivités c est magnifique que des familles puissent venir se recueillir
attended the 70th commemoration In Grangues with the Airborne Engineers, most moving ceremony in Normandy at that time. Thank you all for keeping the memory of those brave men alive, merci beaucoup! Till we meet again....
Thank you so much Andre and Chantal! It is heartwarming to read that you have been making these heroes never be forgotten for such a long time. Wonderful 🙏
Bravo à vous deux pour ce joli travail de mémoire
Merci Chantal et André.
Bravo à vous !