Monday, 16 February 2015

Visit to Rom Cemetery

We had heard about Rom from a friend we go walking with, who’d told us about SAS operations that had taken place in the area. Some of the soldiers who took part in those operations were buried in the cemetery, and as Roger’s brother is very interested in military history and is visiting us soon, we decided to find out more about it. Operation Bulbasket’s mission was to stop German reinforcements from reaching the Normandy beaches. The operation was a success with fuel trains being destroyed. The soldiers had to change their camp’s location regularly to avoid being detected, but they were betrayed and their location given to the Germans. 30 SAS men and an American soldier were captured and executed. 3 soldiers were poisoned in hospital. They were all buried in the woods at St Sauvant, were later found and re-buried in the cemetery at Rom with full military honours. There is a book telling you all about the soldiers and another where you can leave your thoughts. The quote below is written on the headstone of 21 year old J.Aspin, which we found very moving -
We were not there to hear your
last feint sigh or whisper
Dearest son “Good Bye”
Memorial
SAS graves
Info Plaque
Graves 2

8 comments:

  1. How sad, but a lovely place to be laid to rest. It reminded us of our visit to Ploesti in Romania, were soldiers, sailors and airmen of the allies are buried. The children of the town look after the allied graves, and it is a place of peace and tranquility.

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    1. Surrounded by lovely countryside, it is a lovely spot. Shame the soldiers don't know they were found and were laid to rest in such a nice place.

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  2. These war memorials and words are always very touching and it is easy to get tearful walking around them. It is though good to remember. Nigel's dad was very emotional walking around the resistance memorial at Chasseneuil. The cemetery of the knights at Ligné is also interesting if you go that way. Keep up the good work D & N xx

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    1. We took Rogers dad to the Resistance Memorial. Even though he didn't say anything, I could tell it had an effect on him x

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  3. No war graves down in the SW that I know of, and I have never visited the war graves, but I would think that the atmosphere is very moving in those places, and would make one stop and think about those who have fought for our freedom.

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    1. They are moving Vera. Some of the ones in the north are just a sea of crosses. Its hard to imagine that so many died for our freedom.

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  4. The message on the grave is incredibly touching & sad. Such brave people who really deserve their memorial x

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    1. This message really got to me but there were more just as sad. You are right, they deserve a memorial and to be remembered for what they did x

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