Group gathers in Worthing to remember those lost in 1942 raid

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A GROUP gathered at Worthing seafront to mark the 70th anniversary of Dieppe and to remember those stationed in the area who died in the raid.

A small group gathered along the West Worthing seafront at the bottom of Grand Avenue to remember the Canadian servicemen that were stationed in and around Worthing that left, many never to return, for the ill-fated mission.

Chris Vowles, who runs the not-for-profit charity Canadian Roots UK, arranged with the consent of Worthing Borough Council for the Canadian Flag to be raised at the bottom of Grand Avenue along Worthing seafront.

This was one of the positions where Canadian servicemen manned the large guns during their stay in Worthing, defending the south coast from possible invasion.

Canadian Roots UK helps those who were fathered by Canadian servicemen during World War II trace their Canadian family, and to date Chris has reunited 98 families.

Chris was joined by Dave Petts and Ken Mcdonald, who were both successfully reunited by Chris with their Canadian families.

With other people, they held a minute’s silence, followed by Chris laying a wreath in memory of the many Canadian servicemen who died on August 19, 1942.

Councillor Tom Wye was also in attendance and said: “The Canadian servicemen were a major part of Worthing life during World War II and the help they gave to Worthing should not be forgotten.”

A permanent memorial to the Canadians is now being considered.

The flag was put up on Friday, August 17, by the Beach Office and lowered to half-mast on Sunday, August 19.

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