Presentation of Miniatures
When Lt. Col. Joe Osullivan took over as CO of 2 Para he was informed by the outgoing CO, then, Lt. Col. James Chiswell MC of the work the reunion club had done in the past undertaking various projects to support the Battalion. He informed us of his vision to see every man that had lost his life in action while serving in 2 Para since the end of WW11 to be recognised in some special way. His suggestion was to reproduce all medals they held at the time of their death in miniature. These would then be framed and placed in a prominent position at the new Merville Barracks. He asked if we, the reunion club would take this on as a latest project, this of course we agreed to.
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Latest Medal Project
.Following the medals project mentioned above, Lt Col Harrison MBE CO 2 Para 2009-2011 wanted to continue this to include members of 2 Para KIA in WW11, (2 Para only). This would involve a huge amount of research and asked club member Gil Boyd to take on this task. Gil of course has this sort of experience after setting up Gravewatch. This was to be a joint effort between the club and the Btn.
After the research was successfully completed it was found that there were 211 men KIA from 1941 to 1945 with the total amount of medals being 949. These were all to be put into their own respective campaigns for framing. Although Gil had already identified who was KIA and in which campaign the list for framing was done by WO11 Mark Chadwick with everything being collated by OC rear party Maj Dominic Hill.
Chairman Dave Singletary and myself met with Maj Dominic Hill, Capt Tony Hobbins and WO11 Mark Chadwick in Bournemouth at the premises of the company that had been given the job of undertaking this work. The club had used these previously and found them to do this type of work to the highest standard.
On completion we met again at Bournemouth, but this time with Maj D Hill only as the company of both Capt Hobbins and WO11 Chadwick were required in Afghanistan. Maj Hill brought many of the finished frames along to the Blackpool reunion for the members to view and I have to say they look spectacular.
The newly framed miniatures have now been officially presented to Btn and have pride of place at Btn HQ for all to see. To view photos follow the link below.