D-Day - 75th Anniversary
Please join us at the memorial stone near the steps on the eastern edge of Marlborough Common (alongside the A346 opposite the turning to North View Place)
At 3.30pm on Thursday, 6 June 2019 and standing alongside members of the Royal British Legion our Town Mayor, Councillor Mervyn Hall, will lay a wreath at the commemorative stone on Marlborough Common which marks the place where, during the Second World War, there was a major American army hospital – the 347th Hospital Station. 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.”
The remembrance stone was recently restored by local painter, Mark Nash, who volunteered his services and cleaned and repainted the stone in the spring of 2016