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Memorial details

Memorial type
Trophy / Relic
District
South Kesteven
Town
Caythorpe
County
Lincolnshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
42955
Current location

In a window bay in the north aisle
St Vincent's Church
Church Lane
Caythorpe
South Kesteven
Lincolnshire
NG32 3DN
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 93891 48571
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
FRAMED COPY OF THE LAST BATTLE ORDER PLACED ON A CHURCH DOOR AT OOSTERBEEK, ARNHEM
Inscription
Battle Order: WELL, NOW THE POSITION/ IS, I HAVE WITHDRAWN/ YOU FROM THE OPEN/ GROUND BY THE RIVER. I/ WANT YOU TO REST HERE/ FOR 2 HOURS IN WHICH TIME/ GET A MEAL FROM WHAT/ YOU HAVE LEFT, GET YOUR/ SELF CLEAN & BE PREPARED/ TO MOVE UP TO A NEW/ POSITION 'AROUND THE HOUSES/ ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE/ PERIMETER. ON THIS POSITION/ WE MUST STAND OR FALL &/ FIGHT TO THE LAST ROUND./ THIS EDGE OF THE PERIMETER/ IS BEING HELD BY A (...)/ BAG CONSISTING HQ AT THIS CHURCH/ SO FAR WE HAVE HAD A GOOD/ BATTLE AGAINST GOOD TROOPS. TROOPS/ THAT ARE NOT UP TO OUR STANDARD/ WE HAVE FOUGHT THEM IN N.A.,/ SICILY & ITALY & AT TIMES/ AGAINST ODDS. THEY WERE/ NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR US THEN/ & I AM CERTAIN THEY ARE NOT/ OUR MATCH NOW. SO GET/ YOURSELVES DUG IN AND SHOOT/ TO KILL. GOOD LUCK Title Card: The Last Battle Order/ Posted on the Church Door at Oosterbeek, Arneham
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Frame
    Measurements: depth 15mm, height 450mm, width 260mm
    Materials: Wood, Glass
  • Detail
    Measurements: height 430mm, width 240mm
    Materials: Card, Paper
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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