A presentation took place on Friday 24th May of one of the 75 limited edition prints of ‘The Last stand of the Tenth’ by Lady Gretton DCVO JP, President of the Friends of the Tenth to the Matt Hampson Foundation at the Get Busy Living Centre. The presentation will mark the future collaboration between the Friends of the Tenth and the Matt Hampson Foundation’s Get Busy Living Centre.
Concurrently the finishing touches are being made to the £75,000 memorial to the 10th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, who were stationed in villages around Melton before embarking on Operation Market Garden, one of the biggest airborne operations of WWII. The memorial to the men of the 10th will be unveiled on the 75th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden, on Saturday 7th September 19, at the Matt Hampson Get Busy Living Centre.
Alec Wilson, Chairman of the Friends of the Tenth said: “The 10th Battalion had been stationed in and around Somerby in the lead-up to their parachute drop 64 miles behind enemy lines in Holland. What many villagers who were around at the time will never forget is that 582 men left on the fateful mission on September 18, but only 36 survivors returned two weeks later.
The Friends of the Tenth’s mission now is to ensure their place in history, their bravery and their sacrifice is remembered by so many more.”
Working with the Matt Hampson Foundation will form an important part of fulfilling the Friends of the Tenth’s mission.