The Hollis Memorial

In 2006 a train stop on a Normandy beach, mistaken for a German pillbox on D Day was unveiled as a memorial to Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis VC and the men of the Green Howards.

Aerial photographs taken before the landings showed what looked like a small German fortification at La Rivière, adjacent to Gold Beach.  CSM Hollis later recalled: “As we were coming in I lifted a stripped Lewis gun off the floor of the landing craft and pelted a pillbox with a full pan of ammunition”.  Only on advancing over the beach did the men discover that it was ‘only a bloody tram-stop’.

During the fighting on D Day, CSM Hollis won the only Victoria Cross to be awarded that day.  He gained it for two actions of supreme valour, firstly for clearing a pillbox and trenches north of Ver-sur-Mer, and secondly for rescuing his comrades under fire in the village of Crépon.

Learn more about CSM Hollis.

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