The passing of a hero
Fred Milward sadly passed away. A Private of "A" Company, he was one of the paratroopers who took part in the assault on the Merville Gun Battery by the 9th Parachute Battalion on D-Day, and subsequently held the strategically vital position of Bois-des-Monts against the enemy's fierce attacks. His photo is taken from Neil Barber's book The Day The Devils Dropped In, and so is the following quote: "Never let it be said we were not scared. I was, and like many more of us, when we carried our boys down to bury them near the Bois-des-Monts, I wondered where my grave would be. But I was spared, and now every year, with others who made it, I go back to Normandy and honour our dead".