IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden
The visit of Commonwealth graves in Communals Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France
ST VAAST En AUGE Churchyard (Calvados France)
Page 1 The Pictures & List of Casualties
Page 2 The museum
|M. Ludovic Louis has renovated the old Town Hall to transform the village into a museum dedicated to the 12 men buried in the cemetery and the 6th Airborne Division.|
|Killed on 06/06/1944 in the crash of
two gliders, the "Horsa" LH324 (with chalk marks on the fuselage
CN35 for this mission) and Amilcar CN 501 (transport troops and equipment)
which loss was due to a light error of 1 ° from the assembly point above
the English Channel.
They found themselves15 km from their target who was Ranville, to take Franceville - Merville batteries.
The Horsa was damaged on the "wood from the farm of the Manor".
It had taken off from the base Bize Norton, Oxfordshire, and was towed by a Albemarle (1823 Mark V).
The glider was S/Sjt Colin Hopgood, the Glider 2 was Sgt Daniel Phillips and two belonged to the 1st Wing "B" squadron.
3 of 5 passengers are known: Capt Daisley (officer material), Pte John Aldred and signalman Douglas Davis (unfit to jump).
All three will be killed in the crash, two other passengers remain unknown but are taken prisoner by the Germans on 11/06/1944 when they were hidden in a barn.
The glider was also carrying an airborne jeep with trailer and motorbike Davis that had been hidden under the bridge of the railroad whose tracks run in the bottom of a deep trench west of the village.
|Plaque erected on a church wall in memory of these twelve casualties.|
|The church now, renovated during 20 years by M. Claude Louis, Mayor of St Vaast en Auge and his son Ludovic.|
|The Churchyard with the British plots.|
|The church served as civilian hospital during the German occupation, photo from 1944 with the British graves.|
|Caves located on the ground of the
cemetery, have served to a temporary field clearing station for German troops.
They were more safely protected than the church against shell bombing.
|Mr. and Mrs. Claude Louis maintain
(in addition to the work of the CWGC) the Graves and florwer them regularly.
Every year (June 5 at 15:30) they will arrange a memorial ceremony with wreath laying, a guard of honor.
|The front plot, L. to R.:
J. Aldred - C. H. Hopgood - S. Daisley - D. I. Davis - D. F. Phillips
Pte John Aldred
Enlisted into the South Lancashire Regiment -
2/4th Battalion – june 17, 1940.
|S/Sjt Colin Hopgood
into the Royal Engineers – 11th Chemical Warfare Training Battalion
– December 15, 1939
|Capt Spencer Daisley
into the East Yorkshire Regiment (as n° 4339783) – October 09,
|Signalman Douglas Davis
into the East Surrey Regiment - 6th Battalion – june 01, 1939
||Sjt Daniel Phillips
into the Royal Sussex Regiment – Infantry Training Centre –
june 24, 1940
|The back plot, L. to R.:
A. Hughes - D. Stanley - L. Ridings - F. E. Newham - G. R. La Croix - W. C. Whitney - A. A. K Pope
Lt Alfred Hughes
||Gnr Douglas Stanley
into the North Staffordshire Regiment – 20th Infantry Training Centre
– april 16, 1942
|S/Sjt Leslie Ridings
into the Royal Artillery – 41st Survey Training Regiment –
February 07, 1941
|No photo available||Gnr Frank Newham
into the General Service Corps, Territorial Army – 48th Infantry
||Sgt George La Croix
into the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry, Winnipeg – may
||Bmb William Whitney
into the South Staffordshire Regiment – 14th Battalion
||Mjr Andrew Pope
(Mentioned in Despatches)
to a Territorial Commission as 2nd Lieutenant – 2nd Battalion, The
King’s Shropshire Light Infantry – August 25, 1938
|Douglas Davis's best friend, John "Jack"
Easby (left) survived the war and came often visited his best pal.
He passed away on 15/02/2010. (for his daughter Theresa Jeakins nee Easby)
|Photos Courtesy Alain
IF You have a casualty picture, please send me a copy, I'll be glad to show it on this page.
IF You want a king size copy of this picture (300/900 ko - 2592/1944 pixels) please e-mail me.
IF You want picture of a particular grave, in this cemetery, please e-mail me.
Casualties informations come usualy from Commonwealth War Graves Commission, see links for more informations
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