Memorial Plaque Unveiled
Remembering her Uncle who died in the tragedy of Exercise Tiger, Laurie Bolton, American Honorary Director of Exercise Tiger Memorial Ltd, made a special trip from California to South Devon. Her reason for the trip was to unveil a memorial plaque on Thursday 28th April.
More than 75 people attended the event. Including members of the Landing Craft Association, the (US) Marine Corps League and South Hams District Council. The Slapton Line Partnership, Stokenham Parish Council and Lt Sean Davis US Navy (the US Navy’s exchange officer to BRNC Britannia) were also in attendance.
Exercise Tiger Roll of honour
The service was conducted by the Landing Craft Association’s Chaplin Michael Boultbee. Following this John Casson invited Laurie Bolton to unveil a new plaque. The plaque not only provides information about Exercise Tiger but also displays a roll of honour.
The cost of the plaque was paid for by survivors and the families of those who died, or who survived and have subsequently died, together with the Slapton Line Partnership.
John Casson said ‘It was very moving event as always. Particularly as this year we have achieved a long standing wish to have the names of those known to have died during Exercise Tiger finally displayed at the tank’, he went on to say ‘I am grateful to Laurie Bolton for raising the money for this plaque. Also to Alan Denbigh from the Slapton Line Partnership for working with us to have it made and erected’.
Promain have again donated Multi Surface Paint to help protect this piece of history