Cuckmere Haven

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Reference WMO233907

Address:

Near

Coastguard Cottages

Cuckmere Haven

Seaford

BN25 4AR

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Cairn
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
  • Rock/Rough Stone Rock/Rough Stone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A small cairn marking a field in which a company of Canadian soldiers were killed by enemy action, whilst they were under canvas.
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This plaque commemorates the soldiers who died in this area and specifically in this field during World War 2. Their numbers are unknown but their memory lives on. The following is a personal testimony from Corporal LESLIE EDWARDS 1920-2004, a local man who served in the area and laid poppies on this spot every Remembrance Day until his death. 'I will never forget the day in 1940 when a Canadian company came to Cuckmere and pitched their tents in this field. I was stationed here and knew that bombers regularly used this valley for navigation purposes, I tried to tell the commanding officer but he was not interested in what I had to say. Two mornings later the Messerschmitts arrived, Just as the sun was rising they came skimming over the water and up the valley. Around Alfriston they banked hard and came back, Bearing down on the tents they opened fire. Steam, soil, and grass rose in front of them as bullets and bombs entered the ground. All the young men in the marquees and bell tents were killed. The commanding officer who was shaving at the time in the middle coastguard cottage, died instantly when a shell went through the wall that held his mirror. Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land. Christina Rossetti

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