Thursday 11 November 2010: Until The Setting
We will remember......
I couldn't get out to day to blip the Memorial in Cranleigh to pay my respects and to blip the Poppies.
So this is my tribute to all the fallen of all Wars since the Great War.
My Father has been dead now for about five years, but shortly after he died my Mother received a letter from a Colin Henderson who was writing a book on the D Day landings, and the Flotilla that my Dad belonged to, he was on a Landing craft that landed on Sword Beach.
According to Colin, Dad's craft made 54 landings on the 6th June , 48 landings on 7th June and 28 on 8th June, where on the LC 539 hit a mine and was badly damaged and was sinking rapidly.
The skipper Captain Ariadne watched as marines jumped in from the back, as they thought the craft had hit the beach, they Drowned. The skipper spun the craft around and "Arse ennded" it up the beach therefore saving the rest.
My Dad was ordered up the beach and take cover, he later boarded another LC and went back to the Larger Ship. Later the LC539 was raised at low tide, a big piece of Plywood was nailed over the hole and the water was pumped out.
Dad never set foot on any other foreign land even when he and Mom went on a cruise just before he died.
He always said he never liked France, no wonder, the last time he was there they tried to kill him.