Newspaper clipping from the 2004
TWO ENGLISH BROTHERS
GATHER TO PAY THEIR RESPECT AT HAUT-CROHT
In memory of 4 soldiers
killed at the front line.
Dennis and Roger Hildred
gather at the place where their Brother George died on
28th August 1944
The authorities honour the
dead with a wreath at the monument watched by a group of
It was exactly 60 years
ago, when 4 English soldiers died at Haut-Croht at a checkpoint behind
the enemy line. Badly injured in Mauny, George Hildred, the Major M. C.
Mirrielees, O'Keefe, and Billington succumbed to their injuries, not far
from the monument erected in their memory, on Bosbenard-Crescy, in the
bend of "La rue de Canadians".
And coincidentaly, it
was around 50 Canadians from Quebec, from "Magog" who had
joined the ceremony Saturday evening in memory of those who had died for
the Liberation of France. The friendship between the 2 families was the
beginning of this special reunion. Claude Hurabielle, Mayor of Bourg
Achard and Michel Vitton, Vice President of the veterans chaired this
After the one minute
silence and an explanation from M. Vitton given to our Quebecois
cousins, the 2 brothers of one of the killed soldiers approached the
monument and said "We already came here 10 years ago"
explained Dennis and Roger Hildred.
Welcomed by Rene
Hauchard, former Baker of Bourg Achard, they went on the morning itself
to the cemetery of Saint-Desir near Lisieux where lies the remains of
their Brother "George Belonged to the Royal Highland Regiment,
The Black Watch 51st Highland Division" they remembered.
All the participants of
the ceremony gathered at the town hall of Bourg Achard where a
friendship drink was offered, an occasion for everyone to get to know
each other and to share a few minutes of fraternity.