21 mars 2018

Arthur Papworth, Vaudry 2018

Des Anglais se recueillent pour Arthur Papworth, Ouest-France 21.03.2018 (article payant)
Quinze Britanniques ont fait étape à Vaudry, mardi.
Ils traversent l’Europe sur les traces du régiment d’Arthur Papworth, un soldat tué le 7 août 1944 et enterré dans le cimentière communal



A Vaudry (14500), le 20 mars 2018, un groupe de Britanniques
découvre l'endroit où Arthur Papworth a été tué le 7 août 1944.
La ferme est proche de la voie ferrée. Elle était occupée par les Allemands.
Lors des combats, un incendie a détruit la toiture en chaume. 



Le groupe a suivi l'itinéraire emprunté par le Lincolnshire regiment
lors des combats menés en 1944-1945 contre l'Allemagne hitlérienne.

Ce voyage a été organisé par Gary J. Weight
l'auteur de l'ouvrage Mettle and Pasture publié par Helion & Co

Mettle and Pasture - the story of the part played during the Second World War in Europe by the 2nd Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment. Entering France in September 1939 as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) they witnessed from the front line the blistering attack on Belgium at Louvain and firsthand the German Blitzkrieg beginning on May 10th 1940. Fighting a fierce rearguard action as part of the British 3rd Infantry Division under command of General Montgomery, the Battalion covered the frenzied withdrawal of the British Army through the carnage of Dunkirk, arriving back to the shores of England with less than 25% of their original force. On 6th June 1944, almost four years to the day after the demoralizing evacuation at Dunkirk, the Battalion landed on the coast of Normandy on D-Day.

Told in their own words, eyewitness accounts and memoirs are expertly weaved together with official war diaries to recall the experiences of the infantrymen at the front - from the days in France and Belgium in 1939 to the assault on Normandy, spearheading such a great invasion, to resisting and attacking the enemy at Caen and blunting the formidable Panzer counter attacks in the dangerous Normandy Bocage. From 'out of the frying pan and into the fire', come the bitter battles in Belgium and Holland, the attrition of holding the Maas River during the coldest winter in living memory, and finally on into Germany, fighting the SS around Bremen just hours before hostilities ended on the 8th May 1945. Vivid accounts tell tales of courage and fear, individual sacrifice and how soldiers faced up to the enemy under fire, sharing danger and surviving the savage conditions but also of the pride and honor of belonging to such a famous and historic regiment - The Lincolnshire Regiment. With an abundance of previously unpublished photographs and clear, concise maps of the battlefields, this is the story of the war the way it really was for an infantryman - told by the men who were there.



Arthur Papworth (1920-1944)




Une cérémonie a eu lieu au cimetière, avec hymnes et dépôts de gerbes.



 Le drapeau de l'association du regiment




La reception des Britanniques à la mairie



 deux nièces d'Arthur (filles d'Iris ? de Glenys ?)



John Blood, un des soldats du Lincolnshire regiment
a débarqué le matin du D-Day à Sword Beach (6 juin, 10 heures)
Il a été blessé à l'épaule à Hérouville le 9 juillet, soigné en Angleterre.
Renvoyé sur le front aux Pays-Bas, il est à nouveau blessé par un shrapnell.

, 1714

we wish a nice west european historical tour for our British visitors.

Depuis 20 ans, l'histoire de la violence guerrière (la « culture de guerre ») occupe un espace considérable,
accru encore par le centenaire de 14-18 et l'exploration des archives laissées par la IIIe République et son armée.
Il serait souhaitable que les études sur la recherche des conditions d'une paix durable
reçoivent autant d'intérêt et de moyens.
Une initiative a été annoncée par la région Normandie pour juin 2018 ?

rappel : Arthur Papworth




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20 mars 2018

Arthur Papworth (1920-1944)



Arthur Papworth (1920-1944) – Private 5885217, 2nd Bn. - The Lincolnshire Regiment,

 Son of Walter & Louisa Papworth, of Ramsey Mereside; husband of Joyce Papworth.
mort au combat le 7 août 1944 lors de la libération de Vaudry (14)
La tombe dans le cimetière municipal

Arthur Papworth est un des 51 soldats britanniques tués à Vaudry le 7 août 1944
lors de la libération de la commune. Il a été enterré dans le cimetière communal,
pas dans le cimetière militaire britannoique de Saint-Charles-de-Percy.

Après guerre, le couple Fouquet a noué des contacts avec la famille.
En 1994, le conseil a donné son nom à la nouvelle école maternelle.
La famille vient régulièrement honorer sa mémoire.



Athur Papworth and his mother Louise Papworth
20 Council Houses, Ramsey Mereside
(with permission of Peterborough Evening Telegraph).
Corner of a foreign field that is forever Arthur’s



Médailles, déposées à la mairie de Vaudry en 1994



His Life, a Beautiful Memory
His Death, a Silent Grief



Vaudry, vue en direction de Montisenger (Nord)




L'Ecole maternelle Arthur Papworth



de g à dr : le couple Fouquet + Don, Brian, Mavis, Brian, Glenys, Ron, George, Sylvia ...


2004 - On the Schoolhistory Forum , March 24th, 2004 : « This morning, at my home, there was 2 english couples, coming from the Fens.  One of their uncles, Arthur Papworth, was killed in Vaudry on August 1944 ; he is buried in the village cemetery (no in a war cemetery), and the local authority pays a gardener to flower the tomb. At this moment, it is all in yellow, with daffodils, one of the colours of his regiment. The local school is named after him ».


2013 : Louise, la fille de Brian and Sylvia



Christine et Brian Fountain





voir aussi :

Vaudry 1944 :


Athur Papworth (1920-1944)
(Peterborough Evening Telegraph 1994).

Arthur Papworth will never forgotten in Vaudry, even though few might remember him in his birthplace of Ramsey Mereside. He was one of 51 British soldiers who died there on August 8, 1944 two month after the D-Day in the fight to free a little village in northern France. He was only 24. He hadn’t had time to do much with his short life except give it for freedom, and the French have never forgotten his sacrifice. Neither will future generations, because Vaudry,s new school will be named the Arthur Papworth.

The ceremony will be held at the end of May, and a strong contingent of the Papworth family will be there to pay their own homage.It will include his sister, Mavis Marriott, who lives with her husband Donald in Glebe Road Peterborough, Mavis will speak on behalf of the family. « Arthur’s picture is in the Vaudry town hall, and there is another in the church. His medals we gave them are paraded on the cusion at the annual liberation service », said Mavis.
Why Arthur was selected out of the 51 British soldiers who were killed (14 of them from the Lincolnshire Regiment) is an intriguing story. Exactly how he died is not clear, but Donald hopes to sort that out when they are over there. As far as he and Mavis know, Arthur was bayoneted in hand-to-hand fighting at a spot villagers still identify. « He didn’t die straight away.’’ Said Mavis. « ’A man named Maurice, still alive, looked after him by the roadside. He knew he was going to die, and he asked to be buried in the village cemetery. « They are not sure if Arthur lived for hours or days, but it was long enough to form a bond with the villagers. They remembered his request and buried him in the cemetery ».

The others, and 40 Germans who also died in what was obviously a grim fight, were laid to rest in a military cemetery. « They seem to treat Arthur’s grave as a memorial to all the fallen », said Mavis. Arthur’s brother, George, of Chatteris (he will be at the school naming ceremony) went over there a few years ago with some Fenland soil to put on the grave.The villagers said there was no need – Arthur was already in Little England. And that is 300 miles from Ramsey Mereside, were Arthur was born at 29 Council Houses. It was one of a pair demolished a few years ago. His mother was Louise and his father was Walter, whose service in World War 1 left him with a useless arm.

Five brothers and five sisters made the Papworth family a big one.
The survivors now are George at Chatteris, Ron, Iris and Glenys at Whittlesey, and Walter at Coates. Mavis remembers Arthur as her big brother. She was 13 when he died, 10 years younger than the lad who went to the village school, became a regular soldier and escaped through Dunkirk in 1940.

Mavis well recalls him coming home to recover from his wounds. « We redesigned the front garden for mum. White and pink saxifrages, and long-stemmed violas. He told me to keep them watered or they would die. He didn’t talk about Dunkirk, but when he took his shirt off in the garden I saw the shrapnel wounds on his neck and shoulders ». « When Arthur went back, brother George, also on leave from the army, saw him off from the station. He had the impression that Arthur knew that he wouldn’t survive, and that how it turned out. By that time, he had married a girl from Northampton, but it didn’t work out. A few days after she had written to Arthur’s mother saying she wanted a divorce, the news of his death arrived.That is another day imprinted on Mavis. She said : « We were working in an onion field when my sister went home on her bike. She came back with the telegram ».’

At school I said it must be a mistake. Looked at the garden and thought that if he was dead, he’d never see what I’d done.« All that was 50 years ago.Arthur’s death brought him greater recognition than anybody else in the family achieved, even though it is in France. Mavis is left with if and buts which can never be answered ». What would father have thought, for instance, if they’d said to him « ’Look here, dad, they’re naming a school after Arthur ».





1944-2004 - La Libération de Vaudry : souvenirs britanniques

A la suite des cérémonies du 50ème anniversaire de la Libération,
Mme Fouquet a obtenu du major Wright un exemplaire du livre-souvenir de la division britannique qui a libéré Vaudry en août 1944.

Débarquée à Hermanville le 6 juin, cette division d’infanterie motorisée a combattu jusqu’au nord de l’Allemagne, atteignant Langerich en mai 1945.

En ce qui concerne Vaudry, 6 pages témoignent de l’intensité des combats où 50 Britanniques et 45 Allemands trouvèrent la mort.
Venant du secteur de Troam, cette division a pour mission d’appuyer l’offensive américaine sur Vire, de couper la route Vire-Condé et de bloquer la retraite des Allemands.Le Lieutenant-Colonel Wilson, à la tête de cette opération, installe son QG à Montisenger. Le pont de Vaudry est pris sans difficulté militaire majeure le 6 août, mais il est détruit.

Le franchissement de la voie ferrée a été beaucoup plus coûteux en hommes.
Du 7 au 8 août, les quatre compagnies anglaises sont bloquées dans leur offensive par les mortiers et les mitrailleuses allemands. De plus, le terrain en surplomb est favorable aux Allemands. Dans cette terrible opération, le Lieutenant-Colonel Wilson, blessé par un éclat de mortier, doit être remplacé. Comme beaucoup d’autres, Arthur Papworth est tué le long de la voie ferrée. De nombreux actes d’héroïsme, dont celui du soldat Allison, ont cependant permis aux Britanniques de l’emporter.

Le portrait d’Arthur Papworth, offert par sa famille à la commune, rappellera aux jeunes l’importance de son sacrifice pour la libération de la commune et pour le triomphe de la liberté



La liste des 705 soldats identifiés inhumés à Saint-Charles-de-Percy,
par date du décès





Saint-Charles-de-Percy, 7 août 1944 (extrait)

20 mars 2018 : des Britanniques à Vaudry en souvenir d'Arthur Papworth




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13 mai 2014

Vaudry : hommage à A. Papworth



Arthur Papworth est un de 50 soldats britanniques tués en août 1944,
lors de la libération de la commune.
Lui seul a été enterré dans le cimetière de la commune.

Le 13 mai 2014, une de ses nièces est venue lui rendre hommage.
Elle a été accueillie dans l'école qui porte depuis 1994 le nom d'Arthur,
et les enfants ont participé à la cérémonie organisée par les élus et les habitants.










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08 mai 2014

Vaudry 8 mai 2014


Vaudry, 8 mai 2014 - Lecture du message de Kader Arif
et dépôt de gerbe au monument aux morts



 Céromonie en hommage à Arthur Papworth,
un des 50 soldats britanniques tués lors des combats des 7 et 8 août 1944



La tombe d'Arthur Papworth et la gerbe déposée par Mme le maire.

La liste des soldats britanniques et allemands tués lors des combats d'août 1944 (établie par M & Mme Fouquet)


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08 mai 2013

Vaudry - Vire - 8 mai 2013



La tombe d'Arthur Papworth, The Lincolnshire Regiment,
tué à Vaudry le 7 août 1944 à l'âge de 24 ans
(clic droit pour agrandir l'image)




Vaudry - 8 mai 2013 - Après la cérémonie au monument aux morts,
une gerbe a été déposée en souvenir d'Arthur Papworth


Vire - Place du 6 juin 1944 - lecture par le sous-prédet du message de Khader Arif



Les gerbes ...


... en souvenir des Virois morts pour la France






Panneau OF :
Au Musée de Vire : La Normandie impressionniste



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08 mai 2012

7 mai, 8 mai, 9 mai 1945



source : Histoire et Mémoire - JP Husson

- Le 7 mai 1945 à Reims,
le 8 à Berlin  (le 9 pour Moscou)

- Les 8 mai 1945


- L’autre 8 mai 1945 : Sétif, Guelma, Kherrata...



Vaudry 8 mai 2012 - Cérémonie en hommage à Arthur Papworth
du Lincolnshire Regiment, mort au combat le 7 août 1944




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08 mai 2011

Vaudry - 8 mai 2011



La tombe d'Arthur Papworth (1920-1944), – Private – 5885217, 2nd Bn. - The Lincolnshire Regiment,
 Son of Walter & Louisa Papworth, of Ramsey Mereside; husband of Joyce Papworth.
mort au combat le 7 août 1944 lors de la libération de Vaudry (14)


Buried in the Vaudry Churchyard, Calvados, France. Curiously he is buried in the local cemetery rather than with his 51 comrades at the war graves cemetery at St Charles De Percy.





He has been honoured by the French who named a school after him in Vaudry, the village he died liberating.



Voir également la page Vaudry 1944 :


On the Schoolhistory Forum , March 24th, 2004 :
" This morning, at my home, there was 2 english couples, coming from the Fens. One of their uncles, Arthur Papworth, was killed in Vaudry on August 1944 ; he is buried in the village cemetery (not in a war cemetery), and the local authority asks a gardener to flower the tomb. At this moment, it is all in yellow, with daffodils, one of the colours of his regiment. The local school is named after him".

"His life : a beautiful memory
His death, a silent grief"


- « Yesterday morning at 2:41 a.m. at Headquarters, General Jodl, the representative of the German High Command, and Grand Admiral Doenitz, the designated head of the German State, signed the act of unconditional surrender of all German Land, sea, and air forces in Europe ».

« Hostilities will end officially at one minute after midnight to-night (Tuesday, May 8) ... »

« We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing ; but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead. Japan, with all her treachery and greed, remains unsubdued. The injury she has inflicted on Great Britain, the United States, and other countries, and her detestable cruelties, call for justice and retribution. We must now devote all our strength and resources to the completion of our task, both at home and abroad. Advance, Britannia ! Long live the cause of freedom ! God save the King ! »

Winston Churchill, Victory in Europe Speechhttp://www.winston-churchill-leadership.com/speech-victory.html


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