• This is a stand-to for an incoming competition, one of our most expensive yet.
    Later this week we're going to be offering the opportunity to Win £270 Rab Neutrino Pro military down jacket
    Visit the thread at that link above and Watch it to be notified as soon as the competition goes live

Mine Clearance in Alderney 1945...

#1
Thanks to Very_Old_Git who tends the Grave Site of a Spr George Onions, killed whilst clearing land mines on the Island of Alderney in June, 1945. To all Sappers out there who wouldn't mind paying their respects , in particular, those who have been involved in BD and Mine Clearance (former and serving) there is a current programme set up by P*** M*****m at the 33 msn Website which is attempting to locate and to tidy up and look after every grave site of fallen BD Sappers...

Follow the Link

Thanks in advance for anyone who will consider helping out.


Gundulph

P.S. For anyone interested, an excellent book on clearing the mines in the Channel Islands with the help of the Germans who laid them and with British Sappers helping them clear the mines I would suggest reading - Achtung Minen - by Henry Beckingham - It shows illustrated drawings of the minefield records etc. from back then and even with the records proves clearing them was still an extremely dangerous task and several lost their lives doing so.
 
#2
Gundulph said:
Thanks to Very_Old_Git who tends the Grave Site of a Spr George Onions, killed whilst clearing land mines on the Island of Alderney in June, 1945. To all Sappers out there who wouldn't mind paying their respects , in particular, those who have been involved in BD and Mine Clearance (former and serving) there is a current programme set up by P*** M*****m at the 33 msn Website which is attempting to locate and to tidy up and look after every grave site of fallen BD Sappers...

Follow the Link

Thanks in advance for anyone who will consider helping out.


Gundulph



P.S. For anyone interested, an excellent book on clearing the mines in the Channel Islands with the help of the Germans who laid them and with British Sappers helping them clear the mines I would suggest reading - Achtung Minen - by Henry Beckingham - It shows illustrated drawings of the minefield records etc. from back then and even with the records proves clearing them was still an extremely dangerous task and several lost their lives doing so.
Interesting post Gundulph,

Question, Is Spr Onions buried in Alderney?

Just curious as I'm from Alderney... :D
 
#3
dance_with_the_devil said:
Gundulph said:
Thanks to Very_Old_Git who tends the Grave Site of a Spr George Onions, killed whilst clearing land mines on the Island of Alderney in June, 1945. To all Sappers out there who wouldn't mind paying their respects , in particular, those who have been involved in BD and Mine Clearance (former and serving) there is a current programme set up by P*** M*****m at the 33 msn Website which is attempting to locate and to tidy up and look after every grave site of fallen BD Sappers...

Follow the Link

Thanks in advance for anyone who will consider helping out.


Gundulph



P.S. For anyone interested, an excellent book on clearing the mines in the Channel Islands with the help of the Germans who laid them and with British Sappers helping them clear the mines I would suggest reading - Achtung Minen - by Henry Beckingham - It shows illustrated drawings of the minefield records etc. from back then and even with the records proves clearing them was still an extremely dangerous task and several lost their lives doing so.
Interesting post Gundulph,

Question, Is Spr Onions buried in Alderney?

Just curious as I'm from Alderney... :D
Yes V_O_G tends lays a wreath every year, I'm very glad he pm'd me about this as I can't find his details in our lists.


Gundulph
 
#4
Spr George Onions is in fact listed in the book - 'Bomb Disposal and the British casualties of WW2' by Chris Ransted - which I've just checked so I'll let P*** know about this as he isn't listed in the 33 msn site.

The book has also been recently updated with RN and RAF BD Casualties.

You might be able to find it in an online search as I was sent a copy by the author a while back. PM me if you want to contact Chris.
 
#5
I'm hoping to get back to Alderney, to visit my folks later on this year.
And i will endeaver to pay my respects to this fallen soldier.

Is Spr Onions buried at the St.Annes cemetery?
If so can you PM me the details and i will pay my respects on my visit.

I too have family buried at St,Annes Cemetery, My Grandfather who served
during the second World War is buried there.

Many Thanks

DWTD.

PS..Just as a note, Another good book to read is Alderney Fortress Island,
The author is T.X.H. "Bunny" Pantcheff.
 
#6
dance_with_the_devil said:
I'm hoping to get back to Alderney, to visit my folks later on this year.
And i will endeaver to pay my respects to this fallen soldier.

Is Spr Onions buried at the St.Annes cemetery?
If so can you PM me the details and i will pay my respects on my visit.

I too have family buried at St,Annes Cemetery, My Grandfather who served
during the second World War is buried there.

Many Thanks

DWTD.

PS..Just as a note, Another good book to read is Alderney Fortress Island,
The author is T.X.H. "Bunny" Pantcheff.
Thanks D_W_T_D you need to PM Very_Old_Git for details as to location etc. the book just says he was with 259 FD COY and is buried in Alderney.
 
#7
Many thanks..Will Pm him to get the info... :D
 
#8
Gundulph said:
dance_with_the_devil said:
I'm hoping to get back to Alderney, to visit my folks later on this year.
And i will endeaver to pay my respects to this fallen soldier.

Is Spr Onions buried at the St.Annes cemetery?
If so can you PM me the details and i will pay my respects on my visit.

I too have family buried at St,Annes Cemetery, My Grandfather who served
during the second World War is buried there.

Many Thanks

DWTD.

PS..Just as a note, Another good book to read is Alderney Fortress Island,
The author is T.X.H. "Bunny" Pantcheff.
Thanks D_W_T_D you need to PM Very_Old_Git for details as to location etc. the book just says he was with 259 FD COY and is buried in Alderney.
Sapper George Onions has a memorial plaque in the Memorial Garden (opposite the Georgian House Hotel), Victoria Street Alderney.
His grave (Sadly in need of more attention than I can now give) is in St. Annes churchyard, on the west side of the path to/from QE II street.

The grave has had concrete kerbing to its edges, and as a result of settlement is now cracked and has sunk at the sides. A small amount of engineering work is now needed.

vog
 
#9
Just wandering about the upkeep Etc.

Is there a British Legion on the Island?
And if so, can they not help in the maintenance etc.

Also is Colonel Walters still actively involved with the Army Cadets?
I believe he is on the Alderney Council.

Again maybe they could get drafted in to help clear away any scrub and give
the grave a bit of an uplift!
 
#10
dance_with_the_devil said:
Just wandering about the upkeep Etc.

Is there a British Legion on the Island?
And if so, can they not help in the maintenance etc.

Also is Colonel Walters still actively involved with the Army Cadets?
I believe he is on the Alderney Council.

Again maybe they could get drafted in to help clear away any scrub and give
the grave a bit of an uplift!
Heard the other day that he's now got a 36yo wife. Go go go boy !!
 
#11
whiffler said:
dance_with_the_devil said:
Just wandering about the upkeep Etc.

Is there a British Legion on the Island?
And if so, can they not help in the maintenance etc.

Also is Colonel Walters still actively involved with the Army Cadets?
I believe he is on the Alderney Council.

Again maybe they could get drafted in to help clear away any scrub and give
the grave a bit of an uplift!
Heard the other day that he's now got a 36yo wife. Go go go boy !!
He He,
It doesn't surprise me, always seems a shifty old bugger. :wink:

I seem to remember he use to be part of the "Them" Bde from Hereford.
I might be wrong though, but i do recall he has a somewhat interesting
past.. :wink:
 
#12
dance_with_the_devil said:
whiffler said:
dance_with_the_devil said:
Just wandering about the upkeep Etc.

Is there a British Legion on the Island?
And if so, can they not help in the maintenance etc.

Also is Colonel Walters still actively involved with the Army Cadets?
I believe he is on the Alderney Council.

Again maybe they could get drafted in to help clear away any scrub and give
the grave a bit of an uplift!
Heard the other day that he's now got a 36yo wife. Go go go boy !!
He He,
It doesn't surprise me, always seems a shifty old bugger. :wink:

I seem to remember he use to be part of the "Them" Bde from Hereford.
I might be wrong though, but i do recall he has a somewhat interesting
past.. :wink:

Very interesting. It includes a near-death experience with a demented trooper while with my gang.
 
#13
A bit of a tangent but...................
Very recently, the death was announced of Surgeon Commander Ronald Srewart Mcdonald [yes that was his real name].

Surgeon commander McDonald was the first allied officer to set foot on the island of Jersey when the only part of the British Isles to be occupied during WWII, was finally liberated in 1945.

RIP, sir.
 
#14
dance_with_the_devil said:
Just wandering about the upkeep Etc.

Is there a British Legion on the Island?
And if so, can they not help in the maintenance etc.

Also is Colonel Walters still actively involved with the Army Cadets?
I believe he is on the Alderney Council.

Again maybe they could get drafted in to help clear away any scrub and give
the grave a bit of an uplift!
The problem is it needs more than a bit of uplift.
Generaly the grave is quite tidy, but some serious concrete work is now needed.
Col Walters is now takeing a well earned rest from public life (he was an active member of the States of Alderney for many years). His charming wife (Annie) told him to cut down on his public activities 'or else!'.
Or else what I'm not quite certain but ..........
 
#15
whiffler said:
dance_with_the_devil said:
whiffler said:
dance_with_the_devil said:
Just wandering about the upkeep Etc.

Is there a British Legion on the Island?
And if so, can they not help in the maintenance etc.

Also is Colonel Walters still actively involved with the Army Cadets?
I believe he is on the Alderney Council.

Again maybe they could get drafted in to help clear away any scrub and give
the grave a bit of an uplift!
Heard the other day that he's now got a 36yo wife. Go go go boy !!
He He,
It doesn't surprise me, always seems a shifty old bugger. :wink:

I seem to remember he use to be part of the "Them" Bde from Hereford.
I might be wrong though, but i do recall he has a somewhat interesting
past.. :wink:

Very interesting. It includes a near-death experience with a demented trooper while with my gang.
That's our Col Walters that we all know and ?????????? welllll we all know.
 
#16
Written in memory of
Sapper Onions G. E.
2 Platoon 259 Coy., Royal Engineers BLA

Foreword
This is an epitaph written in honour of a great man. No
not a political leader or a statesman, but an ordinary sapper. He
died a hero’s death not fighting but clearing mines from the fields
and beaches in the Channel Islands.
To those who chance to read this please say a silent prayer
for the equally silent men of the Royal Engineers. Their work in
this war is not yet finished.
We sincerely thank a Gunner of the Royal Artillery for the
following Epitaph. ------

Epitaph
When you return to claim your Island home
Let not rejoicing hearts restrain their joy
And meditate, you who have English blood,
On our allegiance to the English Throne,
Seek English Justice, and claim your English Rights,
Look on this little mound of fresh cut turf
And read his Epitaph: here buried lies
The shattered corpse of but a boy,
Who gave his life to make your land safe,
Returned his English dust to cleanse our soil
That this grim corner of the Commonwealth
Might once again be England’s. Her field,
Her air, and all the azure sea around,
All her flowers, birds and every tree,
Because this tommy died for Alderney.
 
#17
very_old_git said:
Written in memory of
Sapper Onions G. E.
2 Platoon 259 Coy., Royal Engineers BLA

Foreword
This is an epitaph written in honour of a great man. No
not a political leader or a statesman, but an ordinary sapper. He
died a hero’s death not fighting but clearing mines from the fields
and beaches in the Channel Islands.
To those who chance to read this please say a silent prayer
for the equally silent men of the Royal Engineers. Their work in
this war is not yet finished.
We sincerely thank a Gunner of the Royal Artillery for the
following Epitaph. ------

Epitaph
When you return to claim your Island home
Let not rejoicing hearts restrain their joy
And meditate, you who have English blood,
On our allegiance to the English Throne,
Seek English Justice, and claim your English Rights,
Look on this little mound of fresh cut turf
And read his Epitaph: here buried lies
The shattered corpse of but a boy,
Who gave his life to make your land safe,
Returned his English dust to cleanse our soil
That this grim corner of the Commonwealth
Might once again be England’s. Her field,
Her air, and all the azure sea around,
All her flowers, birds and every tree,
Because this tommy died for Alderney.
A very fine Epitaph for a fallen Sapper, nice touch that it was written by a Gunner of the Royal Artillery also...

Thanks V_O_G and hopefully now that Spr Onions gravesite has come to the public attention you may well see the resting place repaired and tidied up as no doubt there will be a handful of ARRSERS from the Islands and now also it has been brought to the attention of the 33 msn Website...

Thanks and Respect...
 
#18
Gundulph said:
very_old_git said:
Written in memory of
Sapper Onions G. E.
2 Platoon 259 Coy., Royal Engineers BLA

Foreword
This is an epitaph written in honour of a great man. No
not a political leader or a statesman, but an ordinary sapper. He
died a hero’s death not fighting but clearing mines from the fields
and beaches in the Channel Islands.
To those who chance to read this please say a silent prayer
for the equally silent men of the Royal Engineers. Their work in
this war is not yet finished.
We sincerely thank a Gunner of the Royal Artillery for the
following Epitaph. ------

Epitaph
When you return to claim your Island home
Let not rejoicing hearts restrain their joy
And meditate, you who have English blood,
On our allegiance to the English Throne,
Seek English Justice, and claim your English Rights,
Look on this little mound of fresh cut turf
And read his Epitaph: here buried lies
The shattered corpse of but a boy,
Who gave his life to make your land safe,
Returned his English dust to cleanse our soil
That this grim corner of the Commonwealth
Might once again be England’s. Her field,
Her air, and all the azure sea around,
All her flowers, birds and every tree,
Because this tommy died for Alderney.
A very fine Epitaph for a fallen Sapper, nice touch that it was written by a Gunner of the Royal Artillery also...

Thanks V_O_G and hopefully now that Spr Onions gravesite has come to the public attention you may well see the resting place repaired and tidied up as no doubt there will be a handful of ARRSERS from the Islands and now also it has been brought to the attention of the 33 msn Website...

Thanks and Respect...
I can only echo what Gundulph has written.
Myself a serving Gunner it has a particular poignancy to it.
R.I.P. Spr Onions.

Ubique
 
#19
Gundulph said:
very_old_git said:
Written in memory of
Sapper Onions G. E.
2 Platoon 259 Coy., Royal Engineers BLA

Foreword
This is an epitaph written in honour of a great man. No
not a political leader or a statesman, but an ordinary sapper. He
died a hero’s death not fighting but clearing mines from the fields
and beaches in the Channel Islands.
To those who chance to read this please say a silent prayer
for the equally silent men of the Royal Engineers. Their work in
this war is not yet finished.
We sincerely thank a Gunner of the Royal Artillery for the
following Epitaph. ------

Epitaph
When you return to claim your Island home
Let not rejoicing hearts restrain their joy
And meditate, you who have English blood,
On our allegiance to the English Throne,
Seek English Justice, and claim your English Rights,
Look on this little mound of fresh cut turf
And read his Epitaph: here buried lies
The shattered corpse of but a boy,
Who gave his life to make your land safe,
Returned his English dust to cleanse our soil
That this grim corner of the Commonwealth
Might once again be England’s. Her field,
Her air, and all the azure sea around,
All her flowers, birds and every tree,
Because this tommy died for Alderney.
A very fine Epitaph for a fallen Sapper, nice touch that it was written by a Gunner of the Royal Artillery also...

Thanks V_O_G and hopefully now that Spr Onions gravesite has come to the public attention you may well see the resting place repaired and tidied up as no doubt there will be a handful of ARRSERS from the Islands and now also it has been brought to the attention of the 33 msn Website...

Thanks and Respect...
I went to take some photos of the grave so that they could be posted in appropriate places. I was seen by some locals. Our government (the States of Alderney) have been responsible for the maintainance.
Strenuous (for Alderney) attempt has been made to tidy the grave.
Well I never!
 
#20
very_old_git said:
Gundulph said:
very_old_git said:
Written in memory of
Sapper Onions G. E.
2 Platoon 259 Coy., Royal Engineers BLA

Foreword
This is an epitaph written in honour of a great man. No
not a political leader or a statesman, but an ordinary sapper. He
died a hero’s death not fighting but clearing mines from the fields
and beaches in the Channel Islands.
To those who chance to read this please say a silent prayer
for the equally silent men of the Royal Engineers. Their work in
this war is not yet finished.
We sincerely thank a Gunner of the Royal Artillery for the
following Epitaph. ------

Epitaph
When you return to claim your Island home
Let not rejoicing hearts restrain their joy
And meditate, you who have English blood,
On our allegiance to the English Throne,
Seek English Justice, and claim your English Rights,
Look on this little mound of fresh cut turf
And read his Epitaph: here buried lies
The shattered corpse of but a boy,
Who gave his life to make your land safe,
Returned his English dust to cleanse our soil
That this grim corner of the Commonwealth
Might once again be England’s. Her field,
Her air, and all the azure sea around,
All her flowers, birds and every tree,
Because this tommy died for Alderney.
A very fine Epitaph for a fallen Sapper, nice touch that it was written by a Gunner of the Royal Artillery also...

Thanks V_O_G and hopefully now that Spr Onions gravesite has come to the public attention you may well see the resting place repaired and tidied up as no doubt there will be a handful of ARRSERS from the Islands and now also it has been brought to the attention of the 33 msn Website...

Thanks and Respect...
I went to take some photos of the grave so that they could be posted in appropriate places. I was seen by some locals. Our government (the States of Alderney) have been responsible for the maintainance.
Strenuous (for Alderney) attempt has been made to tidy the grave.
Well I never!
Great out come V_O_G
Sounds like the message has reached a bit further up the food chain :wink:

Keep us posted and if poss post the photos either here, or in the Military
Gallery section here on ARRSE.
Again thanks for bringing this to the attention of the wider military community.
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
Yokel Royal Navy 12
Jcam505 Sappers 32
putteesinmyhands Military History and Militaria 14

Similar threads

Latest Threads

Top