The ceremony at La Courade Monument in the forest of Verrières is one of our annual Branch commitments associated with Operation “Bulbasket”. The site is where the ill fated SAS group were captured after a fire-fight with German infantry and the monument commemorates those killed at the site, seven French Resistance fighters and one British Officer, Lt Stephens, who was taken to the village where he was publicly beaten and humiliated before being executed. The remainder of the group were captured and later executed in the forest at St Sauvant near the town of Rom. This year, two nieces of Lt Stephens honoured the proceedings with their presence. In addition, a choir of local school children came along to sing at the ceremony.
A group of branch members who attended
The local community and Standards assemble at the monument
Vice-Chairman, Johnston Dunseath, in conversation with members of Lt Stephens family
The monument after the wreath laying ceremony.
Near the camp site in the forest with the relatives of Lt Stephens and the school choir.
The tree which bears bullet marks of the fire fight with tributes attached
Poppy pins were given to all the children by Branch members
And after the ceremony, lunch at Hotel Des Deux Porches.