Commemorative Medallion

Operation Frankton

Sparks' mural on the seawall
Jim Harris

These bronze medallions were given to the survivors and we believe also to the families of those who did not make it, to commemorate the opening of the Frankton Trail in 2002. The Frankton Trail is a walking path which traces the 100 miles (160 km) route taken through occupied France, on foot, by Hasler and Sparks (Cockleshell Heroes) by the Frankton Souvenir which is an Anglo-French organisation, set up to keep alive the story of the raid.

The medallions are beautiful solid bronze weighing 152 grams, 65mm in diameter and 5mm thick. Bill Sparks’ daughter told me it came in a presentation box.

The medallion has been used as the centre piece in a poppy as the latest mural on the seawall and a photo has been added below.

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