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Bruneval Ceremony


Bruneval ceremony -- 1st March 2009
The day was very misty but our French comrades turned out, as usual, in force for the ceremony. Just a thought but perhaps Croydon PRA could consider a trip out in the future!

Mrs Harrison told me (Ron) that most of the young Paras didn't have a Passport yet on their first trip abroad it was to Afghanistan!!!!

Whilst changing our driving licences for French ones I did say to the chap at the Prefecture my father roamed all over Normandy without either a passport or a driving licence--he said "no, it is impossible" ...
I then said that he arrived at Arromanches on D-Day!!

Happy Landings and Best Wishes to all,
Ron & Elaine Matthews ... E-Mail Ron

[ Dawson + Paras ]

Major Adam Dawson

Major Adam Dawson - extreme right (who attended last year prior to leaving with 2 Para for Afghanistan) with some of the 30x 2 Paras at the Vin d'honneur after the ceremony.

[ Mr Ken Holden. ]

Mr Ken Holden.

Ken is a member of the RBL Nomandy-Calvados Branch and is the last survivor of the Bruneval raid-Operation Biting. He was on one of the boats that evacuated Major Frost and his 2 Para force.

[ Gona Naidu ]

Gona Naidu.

Gona Naidu, ex WRAF, chair of the RBL Normandy-Calvados Branch wearing her recently awarded MBE for services to the RBL with the young Paras.