Sculpture honour for glider crew
The first casualties of a major Second World War operation to land an allied airborne army behind enemy lines are to be commemorated with the unveiling of a new sculpture on Sunday.
Twenty-three servicemen lost their lives in a glider crash at the start of Operation Market Garden in 1944.
On Sunday the nephew of the youngest sapper to have lost his life in the fields at Double Hills on the outskirts of Paulton will see a memorial to his uncle and colleagues unveiled.
A stainless steel Pegasus figure, the symbol of all armed services until a few years ago, will be on display at the annual Arnhem commemoration. It will be fixed to the top of the stone memorial in the field as a contribution from a relative.
Sapper Joseph Beale was three days short of his 19th birthday when he climbed aboard the Horsa glider which was to be towed all the way to Europe by a Stirling plane.
Dave Tigwell, who lives in Cornwall, is pleased to have been able to create a work that will commemorate his uncle and comrades.
The symbol will be unveiled by Mr Tigwell and the youngest member of the 9 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers on Sunday. The parade starts at 2pm with a service at 2.30pm.