Ch. Légion d’honneur
Gunner in the 112 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Regiment TA, 43rd Wessex Division
Born in 1920 in Chiseldon, Wiltshire, Albert was called up on 1st September 1939, aged 18. He served until demobbed in 1946, reaching the rank of Sergeant and Gunner in the 112 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery TA, 43rd Wessex Division. Albert passed away on Monday 3rd July 2017 aged 97, at the end of his campaign for a permanent memorial to the Battle of Hill 112, near Caen, Normandy.
Albert wrote much of this site during his 96th year and continues to be maintained. Read the guest blog post on his funeral
Albert’s Division landed on Gold Beach, Normandy on the 24th June 1944 and was part of the breakout divisions consisting of the 11th Armour Division, 15th Scottish, 43rd Wessex, 53rd Welsh, 49th West Riding [polar bears] 50th T.T [Northumberland.] also C Squadron 23rd Hussars [tanks]. A total of approximately 65,000 men involved in Operation Epsom started on June 24th 1944 which lasted 5 days and Operation Jupiter which started on July 10th until 23rd August 1944.
They were to capture HILL 112, just outside of Caen in France, which cost hundreds casualties – the 43rd Wessex alone had 2000 killed in the first 48 hours and 5000 in Operation Jupiter wounded. However Albert was lucky insofar being in the field Artillery he was three and half miles behind to front line and according to him was in comparative safety.
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