On 7th June 2019, Col Charles Thomas TD DL, laid a wreath on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, at a ceremony in Bayeux. The event was part of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Normandy beaches.

The French town of Bayeux was liberated on June 7, 1944, by the 2nd Battalion, The Essex Regiment, (The Pompadours). On that day, the Battalion was supported by the Sherwood Rangers, in tanks. Fighting was light and the city was secured in good order.

In June 2002, a memorial stone was erected to commemorate the liberation, which is now an annual event to commemorate this and three other memorials. All events are attended by Regimental representatives, local school children and civic leaders. Royal British Legion Standards are on parade, as are standards from the French equivalent.

This year, Col Thomas, County Colonel (Essex) of the Royal Anglian Regiment, the successor to the Essex Regiment, attended the event on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant. Col Thomas said: “Fortunately, the weather behaved. For those who may have read about the invasion, it was interesting to reflect on the stormy day and to consider what it must have been like for the troops loaded into landing craft into a heaving sea 75 years ago.”

Regimental and Pompier wreaths were laid and each stone received flowers laid by school children.

Pictured are Brigadier Tony Calder, second from left, with Col Charles Thomas, right, and other Regimental representatives at the Bayeux memorial.

Where to find out more:

Find out more about the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings on the Royal website here >

Read HM The Queen’s speech at commemorations to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on the Royal website here >

Find out more about the liberation of Bayeux on the Bayeux Museum website here >