Unveiling of the Poole Memorial

to the Cockleshell Heroes

Bill Sparks and 'Blondie' Hasler with three ex-Marines
Gill Clark
Before the unveiling
Gill Clark
Bill Sparks and 'Blondie' Hasler in front of the memorial
Gill Clark
Bill Sparks and Blondie Hasler pay their respects
Gill Clark

Bill had tried for years to get recognition for his colleagues who did not return from France. (Some of whom had been tortured. Bill was called to give evidence at war trials in 1948.) It was in 1980 that he contacted our MP Bernard Braine who helped him in his quest. A monument was raised in Poole the home of the Cockleshell Heroes which was unveiled on the 11 Dec 1983 thanks to Bill and Braine.

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