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Reference WMO/282031

Address:

New Grimsby

Tresco, Isles of Scilly

TR23 0PR

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Outside - hilltop/field/countryside
Description: Stone of remembrance
Materials:
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A square black granite tablet with inscription in white lettering. The tablet is affixed to a larger square piece of grey granite. The tablet is located on the coastal path between New Grimsby harbour and Cromwell's Castle. (There is a separate commemorative plaque affixed to the lower cliff face near to the "jetty": in effect, a small stepping-off and landing point for SOE agents and other allies. This is not safely accessible to the public.). The pin location is approximate. On path from New Grimsby Harbour towards Cromwell's Castle
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A SECRET NAVAL FLOTILLA WAS BASED HERE IN NEW GRIMSBY/ SOUND FROM APRIL 1942 TO OCTOBER 1943./ DISGUISED AS FRENCH FISHING BOATS, BRITISH VESSELS/ NAVIGATED ENEMY WATERS OFF THE BRITTANY COAST TO/ CONTACT THE 'CONFRERIE NOTRE-DAME'. HERE THE/ FLOTILLA'S GREY NAVAL VESSELS WERE REPAINTED TO/ BLEND IN WITH THE BRILLIANT COLOURS OF/ BRETON FISHING BOATS./ THIS MOST PRODUCTIVE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK IN/ GERMAN-OCCUPIED FRANCE WAS DEVISED BY DANIEL/ LOMENECH, A BRILLIANT 21-YEAR-OLD BRETON AGENT./ IN JUNE 1942, THE NETWORK'S HEAD, COL. RENAULT, WAS/ RESCUED FROM EXTREME DANGER BY VESSEL N51/ 'LE DINAN', COMMANDED BY LT. STEVEN MACKENZIE RNVR/ WITH S/LTS. RICHARD TOWNSEND RNVR AND/ DANIEL LOMENECH RNVR. RENAULT SMUGGLED OUT A/ DETAILED PLAN OF GERMAN COASTAL DEFENCES ALONG/ THE NORMANDY COAST. THIS INFORMATION BECAME THE/ BASIS OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS OF 1944./ HOLDSWORTH SPECIAL FORCES TRUST 2 JULY 2000

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