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Garden 2 - Our Friends

Annette's Memorial Way leads us from Garden 1 into a Garden where we commemorate our members, friends and family both military and civilian.

Memorial 16.
Reginald Tayler - Royal Army Medical Corps and 22 Special Air Service Patrol Medic instructor

 REGINALD TAYLER  REGINALD TAYLER  REGINALD TAYLER


I first met "Sister Reg" when I joined 22 SAS regiment to undergo a six week course for become an SAS Medical Aide back in the 70's. Reg was a State Registered Nurse who served with the SAS as a medical support and training advisor. He served with them from 1965 until 1977 when he left to become a medic on the Oil Rigs in Norway. Reg was born in 1938 and died in 2004 at St Michael's Hospice in Herefordshire. Reg was a regular at the Barrels Pub in St. Owens Street, Hereford and the staff and customers kindly donated for his memorial plaque and also gifted the Scots Pine Tree which stands proud behind the memorial. He will always be remembered for his good humour, advice and kindness. His outstanding development in first aid was "ABC" as the first requirement in treating any casualty. It was easy to remember and carry out as it meant check the Airway, stop Bleeding and check for Circulation.



Memorial 17.
Lewis Collins (Bodie) 21 Special Air Service & 10 Parachute Regiment

 LEWIS COLLINS  LEWIS COLLINS  LEWIS COLLINS

Collins was a private in the 10th Battalion Parachute Regiment of the British Army (a Territorial Army unit) in the late 1970s to early 1980s. He applied to join the Territorial SAS but was rejected because of his celebrity, despite passing the entrance tests. Beside this he was an actor in the TV series called "The Professionals" and starred in the all action film "Who Dares Wins". After being first diagnosed in 2008, Collins died at the age of 67 from cancer in Los Angeles on 27 November 2013. His memorial is courtesy of the LCFC Team and the tree is a Maple called Autumn Blaze.



Memorial 18.
Harry Hudson - Force 136 - Special Operations Executive

 HARRY HUDSON

Force 136 in Malaya was part of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret service organisation active during World War II. Tasked with recruiting and training local guerillas to assist the planned British invasion of Japanese-occupied Malaya, Force 136 members also gathered intelligence and created an underground spy network. Harry's records are embargoed at the National Archives until 2025.



Memorial 19.
Major John Jack - Royal Army Ordnance Corps WW2 and 9th (Sunderland) Battalion Durham Home Guard.

 JOHN JACK

At the outbreak of World War Two John volunteered and was enlisted in the RAOC. He escaped from Ostende, Belgium three weeks after the British Army was evacuated from Dunkirk by stealing a steam engine from sidings and running it into the a station in Ostende to cause confusion whilst he commandeered a trawler in the harbour along with three colleagues and were eventually picked up by Royal Navy Gunboats in the English Channel. During the D-Day landings he took over from a beachmaster who had been wounded. He went on to be responsible for getting supplies to all those incarcerated in Bergan-Belsen Concentration Camp. RAOC Motto "Sue tela tonati" - 'To the warrior his arms' - 'To the thunderer his thunderbolts'. The tree is a Yellow Horse Chestnut called Autumn Fire.



Memorial 20.
Vacant.



Memorial 21.
Geoffrey Allman - Royal Signals - 14th Army - Force 136 - Special Operations Executive

 GEOFFREY ALLMAN

Force 136 in Malaya was part of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret service organisation active during World War II. Tasked with recruiting and training local guerillas to assist the planned British invasion of Japanese-occupied Malaya, Force 136 members also gathered intelligence and created an underground spy network. Geoff's records are embargoed at the National Archives until 2025.



Memorial 22.
Henry Bennett - Royal Marine Commando - Dieppe Raid

 HENRY BENNETT


TSM Henry Bennett (Military Medal) served with 40, 42 & 45 Commandos as well as taking part in the Dieppe Raid in August 1942. Acting Company Sergeant Major Henry Bennett was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe whilst serving with 45RM Commando . Post war he remained in service and in 1954 was serving as a Sergeant with 40 Commando RM. The death of "CSM. Henry (affectionately known as 'Wiggie') Bennett, MM. (40 & 45 RM Cdos) of Matlock, Derbyshire", was announced in Commando Association newsletter 82 issued March 1986.

The Military Medal was a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Army and other arms of the armed forces, and to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for bravery in battle on land. The award was established in 1916, with retrospective application to 1914, and was awarded to other ranks for "acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire". The award was discontinued in 1993 when it was replaced by the Military Cross, which was extended to all ranks, while other Commonwealth nations instituted their own award systems in the post war period.



Memorial 23.
Stimmies Point - The Stimpson Family WW1 & WW2

 STIMMIES POINT


Stimmies Point and the Crab Apple Tree (malus downie) is dedicated to the Stimpson Family and friends who gave their service ro the monarch and country for liberty and freedom in the great wars and other conflicts with courage and devotion to duty so that we may live in a world of peace.



Memorial 24.
William Scroggie 1927-2007 - Home Guard and 9th Gurkha Rifles

 BILL SCROGGIE


Bill served with the Home Guard, Gordon Highlanders, 22nd Light Anti-aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery as well as the 9th Gurkha Rifles, and was known to have helped guide SAS patrols through his plantations in Malaya when he was a Tea and Rubber planter during the emergency 1950-59.



Memorial 25.
Carmen Reddick - Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders of Canada

 CARMEN REDDICK


Carmen lost his life during the Battle of the Schelt. The Battle of the Scheldt in World War II was a series of military operations led by the First Canadian Army, with Canadian, Polish and British units attached, to open up the shipping route to Antwerp so that its port could be used to supply the Allies in north-west Europe. Under acting command of the First Canadian's Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds, the battle took place in northern Belgium and southwestern Netherlands from October 2 to November 8, 1944.

The well-established Wehrmacht defenders staged an effective delaying action, during which the Germans flooded land areas in the Scheldt Estuary, slowing the Allied advance. After five weeks of difficult fighting, the Canadian First Army, at a cost of 12,873 Allied casualties (half of them Canadian), was successful in clearing the Scheldt after numerous amphibious assaults, obstacle crossings, and costly assaults over open ground. Once the German defenders were no longer a threat, it was a further three weeks – November 29, 1944 – before the first convoy carrying Allied supplies was able to unload in Antwerp due to the necessity of de-mining the harbours.



Memorial 26.
Mrs Ruth Tong beloved wife of Bob Tong who served with 2 SAS in WW2.

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Whilst serving in Winchester during WW2 Bob met his wife Ruth at a dance, they married in February 1945. During a visit to St John’s Church with his niece Kim, Bob was able to recall the service minute by minute 70 years later. Bob is commemorated on the Wolverhampton and District Parachute Regimental Association parachute seat in Garden 7. Memorial No. 78.



Memorial 27.
Alex Smith age 9 - Lost his young life to cancer. Remembered by Peter and Carolyn Scholey

 ALEX SMITH


We first met up with young Alex age 7 in Bristol Childrens Hospital after his parents contacted us as Alex wanted to meet up with SAS soldiers. So The late Pete Scholey and myself went down and chatted with him for a few hours. Pete was very kind to him and brought him a small uniform to wear in bed. Sadly Alex died aged 9 and Pete and Scarf Jones from our association attended his funeral. He was born with teminal cancer and never recovered. A young soul lost!



Memorial 28.
Jack Marshall - Royal Engineers and Desert Rat

 JACK MARSHALL


Driver Jack Marshall served with the Royal Engineers in WW2 and saw service in North Africa with the 8th Army and the 7th Armoured Brigade named the Desert Rats.


The FRIENDS of the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove took over the fund raising, maintenance
and ongoing improvements to the Grove on the 1st September 2019.
To join the Friends of ASFMG please contact Mike Colton.

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