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

1890s
1st North Staffords pictured in Malta
1st North Staffords pictured in Malta

Malta was a British colony from 1814 until it was granted independence in 1964. ...

1910s
1/6 South Staffords in the trenches, France
1/6 South Staffords in the trenches, France

On the outbreak of war in August 1914, the 1/6th South Staffords, the T.A. Battalion ...

1930s
Having breakfast in Palestine
Having breakfast in Palestine

Through its history the Staffordshire Regiment has been involved in many campaigns ...

1960s
Inspection by the Queen of members of the Staffordshire Regiment
Inspection by the Queen of members of the Staffordshire Regiment

Presentation of the new colours at the Molyneux Ground in Wolverhampton by the Queen. ...

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