Memorial service for men who died in glider crash in Somerset during wartime

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 September 2018

Air cadets at the service. Picture: Flt Lt Chris Garratt

Air cadets at the service. Picture: Flt Lt Chris Garratt

Flt Lt Chris Garratt

A memorial service for 23 men who died in World War Two was held in Weston-super-Mare.

A service at the cemetery in Milton Road was organised to remember 23 men who were killed when a glider crashed in a meadow in Paulton.

The crash was caused by an explosion, which blew off the tail section, and a sergeant who witnessed it recalled how the glider ‘fell like a rock’.

The men had been travelling to Arnhem in the Netherlands, and they were the first casualties of the Battle of Arnhem, a major offensive featured in Richard Attenborough’s film A Bridge Too Far.

They were buried with honour at the cemetery in Milton Road.

Members of the armed forces, the Weston branch of the Royal British Legion and the air cadets laid a cross of remembrance on each of the graves at a well-attended service.

Relatives have been traced for 14 of the men, and they attend memorials every year.

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