My mums cousin Lance Sergeant George Alfred Hollox of Wormegay, Norfolk was killed in action on D-Day. The son of James and Laura Hollox, husband of Illias Merriman Hollox, of Neyland, Pembrokeshire. He was in the 1st Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. He is Buried at Bayeaux Cemetery.
War diary June5, 1944
Our LCIs together with the rest of the force sailed out of harbour, anchored for a few hours and then set sail with the rest fo the naval force for France. Tps very seasick.
The 1st Battalion of the Royal Norfolk Regiment landed on Red Queen Beach, the left flank of Sword Beach on 6 June 1944, D-Day. All the family knows is that George Hollox was killed on the Beach at the age of 35.
The Battalion progressed up the beach and engaged the 736th Grenadier Regiment at the fortified position on Periers Ridge codenamed Hillman Fortress. In this attack the 1st Battalion suffered heavy casualties. The 1st Battalion continued to fight with distinction through the Normandy Campaign and continued in the vanguard of the drive through Belgium and Holland and was finally part of the occupying force.
There is a monument for The Royal Norfolk Regiment. This monument a tribute to the 116 men of The Royal Norfolk Regiment Memorial who fell on 6th June (D-Day) to 9th July 1944. The memorial is located on Route de Colleville between Colleville-Montgomery and Biéville-Beuville
Text on the memorial
"In memory of our 116 comrades who fell on D-Day 6th june to 9th july 1944. May peace and freedom be their everlasting memorial"
Sadly George was on of these 116 men.
Text on George's tombstone
His heart was true and brave he lies at rest in a hero’s grave. nina and june