D-Day - 75th Anniversary
On Thursday, 6 June 2019 our Mayor and members of the Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association placed wreaths at the commemorative stone on Marlborough Common which marks the place where the American army hospital - the 347th Station Hospital - was based from May 1944 to July 1945 where thousands upon thousands of service personnel were treated after D-Day.
After D-Day the hospital received air-evacuated casualties direct from the continent. The hospital, based here from May 1944 to July 1945, had 1,154 beds, 764 wooden buildings, 390 tents, 49 officers and 75 nurses all treating thousands upon thousands of military personnel. The people of Marlborough, all volunteers, are credited and remembered for working long hours helping doctors and nurses to treat injured service personnel.
The Mayor said: “This is our commemoration both to all those who played their part in D Day, one of the most remarkable of all Allied wartime operations, as well as to those in Marlborough who devoted their efforts helping at home. Another proud moment for the town.”
All generations of Marlborough residents came along to take part in this moving tribute on a special day. Veterans... Marlborough salutes you.
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In 2016 local man and master painter Mark Nash renovated the stone. Read more