The Crowborough branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) have presented Crowborough Beacon Golf Club with a shield in recognition of the help and support they have given over the years, in particular the maintenance of the war memorial on the course.
The War Memorial adjacent to the 4th fairway commemorates the sacrifice made by nine men of the Canadian Lincoln and Welland regiment who were killed by a flying bomb on the 5th July 1944 whilst camping on the course prior to the D Day landings.
Last Wednesday (13th January) RBL Branch President, Neville Stone, BEM presented Roger Benison the Golf Club Captain with the shield, which is engraved ‘for exceptional support and assistance. In his response Club Captain said that whilst the memorial rightly honoured those who had lost their lives at this place in 1944, he was conscious of those of regiment who have given their livers elsewhere to the cause of freedom. He thanked the Branch for the presentation and said that it would be placed in a prominent position at the clubhouse.
The Golf Club has for many years assisted the RBL Branch to develop the Canadian Memorial on the golf course by way of making it more accessible, it had also enabled the Branch to provide a reception for 100 guests at the clubhouse when commemorating the 70th Anniversary. With donations from branch members, fund raising and a grant from the Town Council the Branch provided new railings at the memorial as part of that commemoration.
Also at the presentation were Graham Midmer a past Captain of the Golf Club who is an Honorary Member of the Lincoln and Welland regiment and Bill Smith, a member of the British Legion and a Canadian Soldier serving with the Regiment. At the time of the flying bomb incident Bill was visiting his wife to be in Rotherfield. After the war Bill settled in Crowborough and has been a staunch supporter of the Canadian Remembrances in the Town.
Should any elderly or infirm member of the public wish to visit the memorial please contact the Crowborough Beacon Golf Club and transport arrangements will be made.