~ COMBINED OPERATIONS MEMORIAL
INDEX OF PAGES
the Memorial? The condition of
the grass surrounding the memorial needs to be improved and proposals have been
submitted to the National Memorial Arboretum to achieve this, including re-turfing
the area and cutting down the tall weeds and nettles alongside the river bank.
The Combined Operations
Memorial information display (bottom of page) will replace
the original 2013 display in the autumn of 2017. It will be 820 x 500
We welcome feedback on the condition of the
memorial, including photos. This will help us maintain it to an acceptable
standard or, as our veterans deserve, better than acceptable.
Feedback on Visit.
Scroll down for
the Memorial Index of Pages.
How to Donate.
Help is still needed to fund the
maintenance and further development of the memorial and this website. On-going costs are estimated to be in the region of £500 per year.
Visiting the Memorial. Get the most out
of your visit by preparing in advance and being aware of maintenance issues.
Send in photos and comments about your visit and we'll add a photo and any
comments you send to this website, in memory of a veteran.
A Photo Gallery of the day's events. It
was a heart warming experience to meet and greet WW2 veterans, their
families and friends. They engaged in animated discussion
with each other in the refreshment marquee before the ceremony, as memories flooded back.
However, there was a palpable change in the atmosphere, as wreaths were laid in
remembrance of their fallen comrades and some tears too, exposing the
rawness of their memories after so many years.
General Barrons' Speech.
An incisive précis of the history, organisation,
development and achievements of Combined Operations and its
surprising relevance to the very different challenges faced by today's Joint
Painting & Prints. "Combined Operations - A Normandy Beachhead."
An evocative painting of a D-Day beach landing by
military artist, David
A Thorp, generously donated by him to the Combined Operations Memorial Fund.
Proceeds, in the form of donations, go into the memorial fund. Prints of
various sizes are available to order on line or by post, including
limited edition prints.
Four colour prints on Buckram paper. A set of four prints of
D A Grant's
original 1942 design of the Combined Operations badge, printed on buckram
paper in colour. Proceeds, in the form of donations of
£17.00, go to the Combined Operations Memorial Fund. Only 100 prints will ever be made
everyone, who contributed to the memorial in donations, fundraising events,
support and encouragement...
A BIG THANK YOU but
See the fund raising wall and past fund raising events.
The target of just over £21,000 pounds was reached early in 2017. The
memorial was funded entirely by public donations and fund raising events,
organised by them.
Memorial Construction Archive.
See the memorial when it was just a pile of
stones in a quarry on the shores of Loch Fyne in Scotland. This was the area
where Commandos trained in the rugged mountains and RN and army servicemen
trained together in landing craft operations. See the memorial under
construction and learn of the symbolism in its design and the materials
used. Even the variety of trees is significant.
Flat Bottoms and Square Ends.
notice of a book
based on the wartime diaries of
Patrick Lennard Payne, a young Subby (Sub Lieutenant, RNVR), who blasted a
Normandy beach with a salvo of spigot bombs and ended up in Egypt, but not as
a direct result of his bombs!