Memorial of Dieppe in Newhaven

Memorial of Dieppe in Newhaven

De l’autre côté de la Manche, on se souvient de Dieppe…

Un lecteur de lamgue anglaise m’avait laissé ce commentaire.

I live in Newhaven where the raid left from and it is remembered here too. There is a bond of sadness between Newhaven and Dieppe.

Je lui ai écrit…

Il m’a envoyé ceci…

Newhaven Fort Entrance

A reader who had  commented on the Dieppe Memorial  wanted to share pictures  of the Memorial in Newhaven.

First message…

Hi Pierre,

I thought it would be easier to send these in three emails so that I could explain what each of them were. This is the first batch- these are taken at the Memorial Green where all three of the town’s war memorials are kept. This is only 100 yards from the river (Newhaven isn’t very big in any case).

Memorial information panel

The first of the memorials built was the one just out of shot in these photographs it was dedicated to the Merchant mariners lost in the great war (it reflects the maritime nature of the town).


The second was the main Great War memorial, updated for the second war.


The Canadian memorial was dedicated in the 70’s, it specifically remembers the Canadian Engineers Regiment but is now used by the town to remember the Canadian forces in general and in particular, the Dieppe raid.



These wreaths were laid on the anniversary this month. The actual Dieppe memorial is at the fort. I’ve included a photograph of the information panel which explains in detail.

Every remembrance Sunday there is a procession and a service held here, it’s always very well attended.



Second message

Here are pictures of the fort. It’s 19th century but was updated for both world wars. It stands on a hill at the mouth of the harbour. Where the flags are flying is the site of the main memorial to the Dieppe raid (I couldn’t get inside to photograph it today I’m afraid.)


Newhaven Fort Entrance

Also, it may interest you to know that a few miles inland from here at a place called Michelham Priory, many of the Canadians involved in the Dieppe action were billeted and trained and in the gatehouse there is still a hand painted map used in the briefing sessions for the raid.
Michelham Priory – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Last message

Hi Pierre,

Here are the final batch of pictures- Newhaven harbour.

Newhaven Harbour Train Station

Newhaven Harbour


Marina and ferry port

Harbour mouth

Where the marina is now, there was a RN base during the war called HMS Aggressive, motor torpedo boats and RAF rescue launches were based here and across the river where the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry terminal is, the base had its HQ in the Railway hotel which is gone now but was at the train station which you can just make out behind the barge in one of the photographs.

Newhaven Harbour Train Station

This is still a ferry terminal and you can catch the ferry here to Dieppe. It’s quite a long crossing (about 4 &1/2 hours) and that’s on a modern ferry, it must have been quite a slog in some of the boats they were using in ’42.

In one of the pictures you can see down the slipway and across the marina to the fort on the hill where the flags are flying.

Slipway and marina

I hope these pictures are of interest, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

all the best,




All the best,



Message from Sherry Pringle

Un message de Sherry Pringle

Lest We Forget

Athabaskan Families–please note.

I am doing a revision of « All The Ship’s Men; HMCS Athabaskan’s Untold Stories ». I currently have ten new stories from veterans and family members for a new edition. If you have a loved one who was onboard GO7 when she sunk, and you wish to have their tales included, this is a golden opportunity. I can’t think another such occasion will arrive in our lifetime.

Please contact me if interested and I will get back to you.

Sherry Pringle Author


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Souvenirs de guerre

Souvenirs  de  guerre

J’en savais  beaucoup  sur la Deuxième  Guerre  mondiale  en juin 2009, mais  pas autant  que  j’en sais maintenant.

Depuis  ma rencontre avec l’oncle  de  ma femme  en juillet  2009, je n’ai pas  cessé d’écrire sur la Deuxième Guerre mondiale en commençant par Souvenirs  de  guerre, puis  sa version  anglaise Lest We  Forget pour mes collaborateurs  et collaboratrices de langue  anglaise.

Ces deux blogues ont fait des « petits » au fil des ans. Assez pour que les gens  se demandent pourquoi j’écris tant.

To forget  is  not  an  option.

Oublier n’est pas une option.

Pas du moins  dans le monde  où  nous  vivons présentement.

Les frères Rousseau, s’ils  avaient  survécu à la guerre, s’interrogeraient sur les sacrifices  de toute  une génération.

famille de Lacasse Rousseau et Gabrielle Fafard

Oublier n’est pas une option.

L’histoire commence ici – The story starts right here

L’histoire de Rémi Tétrault commence ici.


RCAF 425 Les Alouettes II

En premier en français le 28 décembre 2015…

First in French.


Amis Canadiens bonjour,

Je découvre aujourd’hui votre site. Toutes mes félicitations. Votre site m’intéresse car je fais des recherches sur les avions alliés tombés dans mon département, La Sarthe.

Dans la nuit du 22/23 mai 1944, l’Halifax LK810 KW-Y est abattu lors d’un bombardement; aussi je me permets de vous signaler une erreur sur votre site puisque vous mentionnez que la mission visait l’Allemagne. Or l’objectif était la gare de triage du Mans.

Cet équipage est enterré au Cimetière de l’Ouest du Mans. Dans le cadre de mes recherches, je serais heureux de pouvoir entrer en contact avec les familles de ces héros. Et peut-être aussi avec le Sgt R. McGowan qui fut le seul survivant de ce crash. À ce jour je n’ai pas pu localiser l’endroit où cet avion a pu tomber. Peut-être votre site m’y…

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Forgotten History:Sergeant Leo Major-One Eyed Hero

Un blogueur des Pays-Bas

History of Sorts


This man is true inspiration to me in a very personal way.Like me he had only the use of one eye, but unlike me he risked his life many times.

Leo Major was a French Canadian man born in 1921. He probably didn’t think he was going to be more of a hero than the average soldier when he joined up with the Canadian Army at the start of World War II—supposedly he simply joined up because he wanted to show his father, with whom he had a shaky relationship, that he could do something to be proud of.

Léo Major – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Léo Major DCM & Bar (1921 – 12 October 2008) was a French Canadian soldier in the Régiment de la Chaudière in World War II.


He was the only Canadian and one of only three soldiers in the British Commonwealth to ever receive the…

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