16 August 2017

Granddaughter of Dieppe Raid casualty visits memorial he is commemorated on for the first time

Descendants and veterans attended a service in memory of those lost during the Dieppe Raid at Brookwood Military Cemetery yesterday.

 

The remembrance service took place ahead of the 75th anniversary of the raid on Saturday 19 August.

Before the service, those in attendance were taken on a tour of the cemetery by the Commission’s volunteers and heard about the cemetery’s link to the raid.

Buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery are 43 servicemen who died during the Dieppe Raid, while the Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial commemorates 198 servicemen who died during the raid and have no known grave.

Sherri Speers nee Davison was one of the descendants who attended. She saw her grandfather, Sapper Alex Davison’s, name on the 1939-45 Memorial for the first.

She said: “My father is the only one of his siblings who never met my grandfather. It is just going to be surreal for him to know I was able to come here and do this for myself and for him and his surviving siblings.

“It’s so difficult to just walk away from his name. I don’t want to leave here. A part of my heart is right here on the wall.”

 

Commemorations will also take place on Saturday and Sunday at CWGC Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, where some 730 who died in the raid are commemorated. Descendants, veterans and Canadian representatives are due to attend.

Read more about the Dieppe raid

© IWM (A 11212) A 20 mm Oerlikon Mark I gun on board a destroyer in action with enemy aircraft during the Combined Operations daylight raid on Dieppe. Both the crew are wearing anti-flash gear.

THE Dieppe Raid

On 19 August 1942, Allied forces launched a large-scale amphibious raid on the French coast around the port of Dieppe.

11 facts about the Dieppe Raid

Saturday 19 August will mark the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in 1942. Here are 11 facts about the raid:

Casualties of the Dieppe Raid

The CWGC commemorates more than 950 men who died during the Dieppe Raid at its sites in France and the UK. More than 730 who died during the raid are buried in CWGC Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery and 43 in CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, while the Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial commemorates 198 who died during the raid and have no known grave. From a horseman to brothers, here are the stories of some of the men as the Commission marks the 75th anniversary of the raid today and tomorrow.