Double Hills 2009

 

Double Hills Memorial

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Peter B N Yeates
Organiser-Royal Engineers Association Bristol Branch.
41 Riverside Way
Hanham
Bristol
BS153TF

Land line 01179602898
Mobile 07971 385449
Email peter.yeates@tesco.net
Web site Page: http://www.gprasw.speedy.uk.net/page3.html
Other Organiser Contacts
Bob Williams  01761 453742
Dave Hamblin 01761 412086
Roy Cleaves  01275 463386

Our President is Brigadier M D K Dauncey DSO DL
Our Somerset Patrons
Lord Waldegrave of North Hill
Lord Williams Rees-Mogg

Sunday 6th September 2009. Muster 1345 hrs latest.
DOUBLE HILLS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEDICATION (1979)
65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GLIDER CRASH 17TH SEPTEMBER 1944

DETAILS OF DOUBLE HILLS 2009-
http://www.gprasw.speedy.uk.net/page3.html
DOUBLE HILLS
IS 9 MILES SW OF BATH -14 MILES SE OF BRISTOL
SAT NAV POST CODE BS39 7LU
SUNDAY AFTERNOON 6TH SEPTEMBER 2009

WHERE IS IT ?-TENNISCOURT ROAD PAULTON.NR BATH
FIND RECREATION FIELD WHICH IS ALSO CAR PARK & ASSEMBLY POINT.

MOVE ACROSS TO THE MEMORIAL FIELD  BY LATEST 2PM.
THIS IS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNVEILING (1979)

There will be a programme of Music before the Service by Yeovil Town Championship Band
Programme: Begins- At the Memorial with the Service and the fly pasts in the Field.
Then move back for Inspection by the Reviewing Officer at Recreation Field of all Armed Services, Veterans and assembled organisations..

Then Parade will form up and marches past for review through the village.

Finally tea in the Village Hall.

Double Hills is the Annual Memorial to remember the 23 brave lives lost when Glider RJ113 crashed into a meadow called Double Hills in the village of Paulton Somerset Near Bath. They all died on a beautiful Sunday Morning 17th Sept.1944.

The men who died were the first casualties of the Battle for the Arnhem “Bridge Too Far “ –Operation Market Garden, the plan to land an Allied Airborne Army behind German lines and end the war in 1944, and bring the boys home.
21 Airborne Sappers from the 9th Field Company Airborne Royal Engineers and 2 Pilots from the Glider Pilot Regiment all died in a meadow called Double Hills when their Glider broke up in the skies over Paulton and crashed to earth. All the soldiers who died were buried with honour at Weston Super Mare. With their towing Bomber a Stirling they had taken off from RAF Keevil airfield, Trowbridge, Wilts.
The Memorial which was built by Royal Monmouth Regt. Sappers and established in 1979.
It was unveiled then by the General commanding the famous British 1st Airborne Division General Roy Urquhart. As the years go on the numbers change. Except those of 21 Sappers and 2 Glider Pilots they remain in memory.
The Double Hills event will be attended by many of the families of the fallen, whose attendance is growing every year, and as new generations remember.
9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers- and the Army Air Corps will be in attendance as every year since inception.
We shall be honoured with another Army Air Corp and Royal Air Force fly past.
The Memorial service will commence sharp at 2.30pm in the Memorial field.
BUT PLEASE MUSTER AT 1345   HRS.
Double Hills will again include the remembrance of those who are engaged in the current conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. We shall again pay tribute to those who have been injured and made the final sacrifice there.
Double Hills Memorial site was assigned in trust by HRH The Prince Of Wales to Peter Yeates and Colonel Nicholls-Army Air Corps and Chairman Glider Pilot Regt. Association. This deed of trust has now been extended beyond the initial 30 years envisaged in 1977 as no one thought that we would still be doing what was started in 1977.
Organisers: Peter Yeates. 41 Riverside Way Hanham Bristol BS15 3TF Home 01179602898 Tel Mobile 07971 385449 email peter.yeates@tesco.net and Bob Williams 01761 453742

DOUBLE HILLS IS EARLY THIS YEAR 6TH SEPT
Sunday 7th September 2009
OrganiSed and ADministered by Bristol Branch Royal Engineers Association
65th Anniversary of the Battle for Arnhem.
30th Anniversary of the first unveiling and dedication of the
DOUBLE HILLS MEMORIAL to those first killed in Operation "Market Garden".
21 Sappers of 9th Field Coy. RE (Airborne) and 2 pilots from the Glider Pilot Regt. all killed when their Glider Horsa RJ114 crashed AT Double Hills Meadow PAULTON, on the 17th September, 1944.
13.40 Hrs Personnel in position to assume specific duties. Hosts in attendance.
1350 Hrs Detachments arrive and assemble on the playing field south of PAULTON at Grid Ref. 649559 (Approach B3355 road), turn at Memorial Cross in High Street,Paulton and continue, then turn into Tenniscourt Road which leads to the assembly area. Sat Nav. Postcode  BS39 7LU
14.00 Hrs Detachments move smartly across first field to the Memorial site, the Memorial is a stone cairn located on the edge of a field called Double Hills at Grid Ref. 646558.
14.05. Hrs Band in place at Memorial site Double Hills Field at Grid Ref. 649559.
14.15 Hrs Reviewing Officer, will
conducted to Memorial site lead by Piper and 1944 Airborne Jeep
14.20 Hrs Peter Yeates Welcome,
Introduction & Safety Announcements
14.30 Hrs HISTORIC ARMY AIR CORP FLY PAST
 ( It is hoped with kind permission of The Army Air Corps )
14.31 Hrs Service commences. (Timings approx.after this point)
15.15.15.30 Hrs approx Service concludes. Units prompted to view Memorial.
15.24 Hrs Parade ready for inspection on perimeter of playing
field. Reference 649559.Band in Place. Recreation Field
Parade moves off, March Past Reviewing Officers
Parade dismissed.
Afterwards Tea at Village Hall

THIS IS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNVELING BY GENERAL URQUHART OF THE ORIGINAL MEMORIAL. EVERY YEAR SINCE REMEMBRANCE OF THE SAPPERS AND GLIDER PILOTS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US ALL, HAS TAKEN PLACE AT PAULTON.

DOUBLE HILLS IS ALSO AN ANNUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR VILLAGE AND SOMERSET TO WELCOME OUR SERVING ARMED FORCES TO PAULTON AND EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION FOR THEIR CONTINUED DEVOTION TO CROWN AND COUNTRY.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING THE YOUNG SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE NOW FOR 30 YEARS HONOURED US WITH THEIR ATTENDANCE IN THE DOUBLE HILLS FIELDS OF OUR VILLAGE.

MANY FROM THE ARMY AIR CORPS ARE NEW ENTRIES AND  WITH THE DOUBLE HILLS VILLAGERS, SCHOOL CHILDREN AND RELATIVES OF THE FALLEN NOW THERE ARE SOME 60 FAMILES OF THE FALLEN WHO ATTEND, MIX WITH THE YOUNG SERVING YOUNGSTERS TO SHOW THEM HOW MUCH WE VALUE THEM.

Message Copies – Originals to Peter Yeates Organiser Double Hills to be
Read out at previous year’s event.
The Land on which the Memorial DUCHY LAND stands, was assigned under deed of Trust from HRH The Prince Of Wales to Peter Yeates in 1980 for 30 years use of the land for the Remembrances purposes.

CLARENCE  HOUSE

As Colonel-in-Chief of both The Parachute Regiment and The Army Air Corps, the brave men who served on Operation Market Garden hold a special place in my heart, and none more so than the first casualties of the Operation who we remember here today.
I am delighted that so many of you will be gathering to remember the men who died here sixty years ago, and am only sorry that I will not be able to join you.
I am very grateful to those who have made such efforts in both the upkeep of the memorial, and in the organisation of this event. The maintenance of the memorial is indeed a fitting tribute to the courageous men who made such terrific sacrifices sixty years ago, and I feel that it is vitally important that we hand on these memories for the benefit of future generations.
Charles
The Prince of Wales (2004)
&
It is from two reference points that I am connected with Double Hills at Paulton & Farrington Gurney.
Firstly, as Duke of Cornwall, this piece of land matters deeply to me. Secondly, as Colonel-in-Chief of The Parachute Regiment and The Army Air Corps, I have had a long and close association with all Airborne Forces and a deep sense of respect and admiration for their crucial role in the planning and execution of Operation Market Garden.
I am greatly heartened to know that the 21 Airborne Engineers and 2 Glider Pilots who died here, as the first casualties of that operation, continue to be remembered in this way.
Their sacrifice was no less worthy, nor valuable, for having been in England and it is right and fitting that we for whom they died should commemorate them.
Their example, along with that of their comrades who fell in Holland, continues to inspire the sense of duty which has been so apparent amongst our Armed Forces in Kosovo. In that much, as in so many other ways, their deaths were not in vain.
Charles
The Prince of Wales (1999)

ATTENDANCE AT DOUBLE HILLS IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN ESPECIALLY WITH VETERANS AND THOSE OF ADVANCED AGE WHEN THEY ATTEND.
THEY SHOULD ACCESS THE FIELDS AND THE MEMORIAL WITH CARE.
THEY SHOULD CROSS MAIN ROADS WITH VIGILANCE.
THE FIELDS ARE UNEVEN AND UNDULATING, AND ALTHOUGH IT IS A COUNTRYSIDE PUBLIC FOOTPATH MUCH CARE IS NEEDED.
MUCH CARE IN ATTENDANCE MUST BE EXCERCISED BY ALL.

WE ENJOY OUR SOMERSET AND AVON POLICE PROTECTION AND PARTICIPATION.

FOR 30 YEARS OUR VILLAGE AND COUNTY POLICE FORCE HAVE LOOKED AFTER US. THROUGH HIGH AND NOT SO HIGH SECURITY.

WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THIS PROTECTION, AND WE THANK THEM ALL.

BAND ORGANISATION IMPORTANT IN ACCEPTING THEIR COACH, WHICH WILL BE PARKED UP.
MOVING HEAVY INSTRUMENTS ACROSS 5MINS TO THE MEMORIAL FIELD.
PROVIDING BAND AND CHOIR SEATS ON THE RIGHT OF THE MEMORIAL (RIGHT OF MEMORIAL FACING MEMORIAL)
YEOVIL TOWN BAND CONTACT IS CHRIS BUCKLAND