The Green Howards and D-Day

Bren Gun Carriers coming ashore at La Riviere.

The 6th and 7th Battalions, Green Howards were part of the D-Day landings, wading ashore on the morning of 6 June 1944. By the evening of the first day they had fought their way seven miles inland, further than any other British or American unit. By the close of the operation 180 Green Howards had lost their lives.

CSM Stanley Elton Hollis VC

Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for his actions on D-Day; the only VC to be awarded on 6th June.

In 1996 The Green Howards Memorial  was unveiled at Crepon, commemorating those who lost their lives during the fighting in Normandy, to those who fought and fell during the Second World War, and to Company Sergeant Major Hollis.

BBC Look North ran two short features about CSM Hollis on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 June, with an amalgamation of the two pieces on Saturday 6 June 2014.

Fundraising continues for the Hollis Memorial in Middlesbrough. It will be created opposite the Dorman Memorial Museum. You can find out more about it, and make a donation, on their website.

Yorkshire Regiment Infantry Training Centre Instructors reach Bicester.Instructors from the Infantry Training College in Catterick Garrison walked to Crepon, covering more than 300 miles in 10 days and  raising money for The Yorkshire Regiment Charitable Trust.

 

 

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