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70th Ceremony

70th Anniversary Ceremony at Englændergraven, Tarm, Denmark
12 March 2015  1300 – 1400 h

Arrival of honour guard Hjemmeværnet, dignitaries, and family members of ME449 Crew

Hjemmeværnet
Photo by Birthe Holme Kasch

Dignitaries, family members of ME449 Crew,
and invited guests
 Photo by Birthe Holme Kasch

Opening comments

Kirsten Kolby, Chairperson, Tarm Parish Council
Photo by Dan Michener

Danish National Anthem

Unveiling of plaque

Søren Flensted, Commonwealth War Graves Commission (Denmark Team)
removing the RAF flag to unveil the memorial plaque

Photo by Aase Flensted

Honouring the Fallen
wreath-laying by families of Harvey Porter and Donald Morris

Jarred Rice, Mitchell Rice, Karen Rice
cousins of Harvey Porter
Photo by Anders Straarup

Lynne Marsden and Raymond Morris
niece and brother of Donald Morris
Photo by Birthe Holme Kasch

Photo by Birthe Holme Kasch

Lynne Marsden and Raymond Morris
niece and brother of Donald Morris
Photo by Birthe Holme Kasch

Last Post, one-minute silence, The Rouse
Trumpeter Jakob Jensen
Ode of Remembrance
RAAF Wing Commander A. M. O’Leary
Hymn “Den signede dag”
choir “Morgengry”
Prayer
Priest, Hans Petur Kirkegaard
Song  “En lærke letted”
choir “Morgengry”

Official speeches

Lars Damgård
Honorary Consul
British Embassy

Photo by Birthe Holme Kasch

Kristian Ahle
Culture Committee
Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality
Photo by Dan Michener

Wing Commander A.M. O’Leary
Royal Australian Air Force
Australian Embassy
Photo by Birthe Holme Kasch

Wreath laying by dignitaries

Wing Commander A. M. O’Leary OAM, Royal Australian Air Force
Rebecca Marshall, Second Secretary, Australian Embassy in Denmark
Photo by Anders Straarup

Ole Rønnest MBE
Frihedskampens Frednings- og Mindefond
Photo by Aase Flensted

Kristian Ahle
Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality
Photo by Aase Flensted

Wreath laying by family members of crew who baled out


from left to right
Trish Haddon, daughter of Pilot Stan Slater
Nigel Fairclough and Charlie Grayshon, son and great grandson of Wireless Operator Thomas Fairlcough
Gail Michener, daughter of Navigator Stoney Mitchell
Sue Westcott, daughter of Bomb Aimer Mervyn Bertie
Dorthea Madsen, first Danish helper of Stoney Mitchell and Merv Bertie
Photo by Anders Straarup


Closing comments

invitation for other attendees to lay their flowers and wreaths then proceed to reception at Bechs Hotel, Tarm

Englændergraven

Photo by Dan Michener

Photo by Aase Flensted

Learn more about the History of Englændergraven

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