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70th Anniversary Canadian War Memorial

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A service was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of when nine Canadian soldiers lost their lives on Crowborough Common.

Service led by Canon Andrew Cornes to mark the 70th anniversary
Canon Andrew Cornes leading the service. The Guard of Honour and Standard Bearers in the background.

The Canadian soldiers from the Lincoln and Welland Regiment were camped on Crowborough Beacon Golf Club awaiting the order to invade France.

On 5th July 1944 a V1 flying bomb (doodlebug) landed on the field kitchen of the killing the men.

A memorial to the left of the 4th fairway unveiled by the former War Secretary in July 1948 marks the location:

Memorial inscription

Descendants of Sergeant Major R.E. Wing, Private H.N. Burton and Private E. McLellan, travelled from Canada to attend the service.

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The service was jointly led by Padres of the Crowborough Brach of the Royal British Legion, Canon Andrew Crones and the Reverend Alan Weaver in the presence of Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Trudel, representing the Canadian High Commissioner, Lieutenant-Colonel Jeff Cairns former Commanding Officer of the Regiment, the Crowborough Mayor of Crowborough, Councillor Ron Reed, and the chairman of the Sussex County Royal British Legion, Les Coppard.

Service commemorating the 70th anniversary of the death of nine Canadian soldiers on Crowborough Common

 

Descendants of the Canadian soldiers
Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Trudel, representing the Canadian High Commissioner
The Guards of Honour were provided by No 8 (Crowborough) Company Army Cadet Force, 1414 Squadron (Crowborough) Air Training Corps, the Bugler was Michael Beesley representing the Crowborough Scouts.

The names of the fallen was read by Bill Smith, a surviving Member of
‘C’ Company, The Lincolon and Welland Regiment.

Some of the wreaths laid at the Service

Wreaths were laid by:

The Canadian High Commission
The Lincoln and Welland Regiment
The Lincoln and Welland Regimental Association
The Town of Crowborough
The Royal British Legionm – County of Sussex
The Royal British Legion Crowborough Branch
The Royal British Legion Crowborough, Ladies Section
The Canadiana Veterans Associati0n UNited Kingdom
Representativers of the Wing family
Representatives of the McLellan family
Representativers of the Burton family

Family of Private E. McLellan

The Crowborough Branch of the Royal British Legion would like to thank the following organisations and people:

Crowborough Town Council for its continual suppport, Crowborough Beacon Golf Club for providing the venu for the official reception and in particular its work in cleariang the area around the Memorial, Branch Padres Andrew Cornes and Alan Weaver for leading the service, the Standard Bearers from other Branches, Crowborough No. 8 Company, the Army Cadet Force, 1414 Squadron (Crowborough) Air Training Corps, Bugler Michael Beesly and Branch member Paul Scott, photographer.

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