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WW2 memorial to Canadian servicemen

A memorial to mark the sacrifice of five Canadian servicemen who died when their Wellington bomber crashed during a training exercise in 1944 was unveiled on Saturday, May 21. The memorial was placed at Creswell Crags visitor centre in Derbyshire, about 250 kilometres northwest of London, close to the site of the crash.

L-R. The memorial inscribed with the names of the five Canadian aircrew’ High Commissioner James R. Wright laying a wreath at the memorial, accompanied by Canadian Air Force LCol Arthur Agnew’ members of the crew's families stand behind the memorial. Courtesy of David Carpenter
L-R. The memorial inscribed with the names of the five Canadian aircrew; High Commissioner James R. Wright laying a wreath at the memorial, accompanied by Canadian Air Force LCol Arthur Agnew; members of the crew's families stand behind the memorial.

Gerald Plant, now 81 and still living nearby, was just a teenager when he witnessed the crash, but it was image he never forgot. His brother, Arthur Plant, bequeathed funding for the memorial in his will, and Gerald Plant helped bring together 20 of the crew members’ families for the unveiling.

 At the event, High Commissioner James R. Wright remembered the bravery of the five crewmen and paid tribute to the “thousands of other Canadians who answered the call to fight for freedom and for Britain in its hour of need.” 

 "Canada and Britain continue to uphold the values that these young men died for –democracy, freedom and the rule of law," Mr. Wright said. "Canada has stood shoulder to shoulder with our stalwart British ally across the globe -- in Afghanistan as part of the UN-mandated NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, and today, in the skies above Libya.

The memorial ceremony at Creswell Crags. Courtesy of David Carpenter
The memorial ceremony at Creswell Crags.

 

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2011-05-26