Pilgrimage to Arnhem, Holland

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Date:1948

Description:The 2nd South Staffords were one of the airborne units who fought at the Battle of Arnhem in Holland in 1942. This was a disastrous action in which huge casualties were sustained and in which the Regiment won two VCs. (They were awarded to Major Robert Cain and to L/Sgt Jack Baskeyfield from Burslem). Since then, a strong bond has been formed between the Dutch people of Arnhem and the survivors of the Battle. Each September many Arnhem veterans make the pilgrimage back to the town to remember their fallen comrades and to renew links with the local people (many of whom hid the soldiers in their houses during the battle and helped them to escape afterwards).

This picture shows such an occasion in 1948. The procession is on its way to the memorial on the Bridge.


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1870s
Officers group at Whittington Barracks, nr Lichfield
Officers group at Whittington Barracks, nr Lichfield

1880s
A funeral column passes out of the main parade square, Whittington Barracks, nr Lichfield
A funeral column passes out of the main parade square, Whittington Barracks, nr Lichfield

1910s
Interior of the Royal Army Temperance Association's hut at  Whittington Barracks, nr Lichfield
Interior of the Royal Army Temperance Association's hut at Whittington Barracks, nr Lichfield

This hut provided amenities for members of the Royal Army Temperance Association, ...

1930s
1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment during their time in India
1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment during their time in India

Until India was granted its independence in 1947, there was a large part of the ...

1940s
A view of the 1st South Staffordshire's camp in Hong Kong
A view of the 1st South Staffordshire's camp in Hong Kong

The Battalion was sent to Hong Kong in 1949, when it was feared that the Colony ...

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