A band of brothers from a proud Nottinghamshire regiment have returned to Normandy to honour comrades who fell during the D-Day invasion. Andy Smart reports. The tanks of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry were among the first to go ashore on D-Day.
They hit the Hamel section of Gold Beach early in the morning of June 6 1944 and were at the sharp end of the Normandy invasion for the next two months, earning a string of battle honours along the way. At the weekend a group of veterans who were there when the fighting was at its fiercest, were joined by relatives and friends from the Sherwood Rangers family when they went back to honour their proud regiment. A plaque, dedicated to members of the (Notts) Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, was unveiled on Gold Beach on the 73rd anniversary of that turning point in the Second World War. The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, who recruited in Nottinghamshire and are based at Carlton today, were in the vanguard of the landings on D-Day and the first Yeomanry regiment to fight ashore in their swimming tanks. A D-Day display, featuring uniforms and equipment used by local soldiers can be viewed at The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum in the Thoresby Courtyard. The museum, tells the human, social and military history of the Regiments, as well as the ongoing story of the British Army today.