ALLIED SPECIAL FORCES MEMORIAL GROVE - Garden 5 - Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment
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Garden 5 - Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment

Cockleshell Heroes - "Operation Frankton" 1942

Just outside the Sun Room and opposite the Phil Currass Sun Dial is Garden 5 where a wooden seat carved into the symbolic shape of a 15ft. by 2ft. 6in. Cockle Mark II canoe as used by the Royal Marines during "Operation Frankton" in 1942. This seat and the two memorial plaques commemorate the Royal Marines who took part and the French civilians who assisted them during their attempted escape after the successful raid.

"The Not Forgotten"

“Catfish” Major Hasler & Marine Sparks ~ Both escaped after the raid and survived the war.

“Crayfish” Cpl. Laver & Marine Mills ~ Betrayed after raid, captured and executed.

“Cuttlefish” Lt. MacKinnon & Marine Conway ~ Capsized, captured and executed.

“Coalfish” Sgt. Wallace & Marine Ewart ~ Capsized, swam to shore, captured and executed.

“Conger” Cpl. Sheard & Marine Moffatt ~ Capsized, towed to near shoreline, but lost at sea.

“Cachalot” Marine Ellery & Marine Fisher ~ Canoe damaged on HMS Tuna, returned to base.

“Reserve” Marine Colley ~ Returned to base from Submarine.

“Per Mare, Per Terram” ~ “By Sea, By Land” (Royal Marines Motto)

Vice-Admiral Lord Mountbatten 1942

‘I knew it would be certain death for the gallant men who took part,
unless brave men and women of the resistance movement in France came to their rescue.’

L'affaire Française -«Les Anglais se souvenir de ça!!»

En mémoire éternelle de ces braves Français qui ont aidé les Royal Marines à atteindre leur mission avec succès et finalement leur fuite vers la liberté, alors qu'ils ont continué à mener la résistance.

M. Yves Ardouin
Mme. Jeanne Baudray
Mlle. Anne-Marie Bernadet
M. Olivier Bernard
M. Cadillon
M. Cheyreau
M. Alibert Decombes
Mme. Amelie Dubreuille
M. Armand Dubreuille
M. Fernand Dumas
M. Rene Flaud
M. Pierre Gacis
M. Lucien Gody
M. Louis Jaubert
Mme. Louise Jaubert
M. Andre Latouche
Mme. Malichier
Mlle. Alix Mandinaud
M. Rene Mandinaud
Mlle. Yvonne Mandinaud
M. Jean Mariaud
M. Edouard Pariente
M. Clodomir Pasqueraud
Mme. Irene Pasqueraud
M. Marc Pasqueraud
M. Yves Pasqueraud
M. Robert Pouget
M. Georges Rieupeyrout
Mme. Rouillon
M. Francois Rouillon
M. Maurice Rousseau
M. Rene Rousseau
Mme. Marthe Rullier
and many more!

The FRIENDS of the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove took over the fund raising, maitenance and ongoing improvement of the Grove on the 1st September 2019. The Allied Special Forces Association was Dissolved on the 31st August 2019 after creating the Grove since 2003 and successful running of the association since January 1999. Job done and now a new future!

The Grove is independently funded by its members, friends and generous public donations. Your help would be appreciated.


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