Kent veteran revisits front line

WW2 veteran Wally Smith from Kent will be travelling to Holland 69 years on to pay his respects to his old comrades.

Kent WW2 veteran revisits Operation Market Garden

To mark the 69th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, WW2 veteran Wally Smith from Ramsgate will be revisiting the place he fought in Normandy.

Wally will be supported by the Big Lottery Fund's Heroes Return 2 programme which has helped more than 54,000 veterans.

The veteran will be visiting the scene of one of the most audacious Allied offensives in WW2, Operation Market Garden.

It was the largest airborne operation in history and is awarding grants to veterans to return to the places they saw action.

He joined the Army in 1941 and served at Arnhem as a Lance Corporal with the 4th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment.

Whilst there we lay wreaths at war memorial monuments, including the monument at the Arnhem bridge and at the war cemetery. Dutch school children attend and all lay flowers at the war graves, and it is very emotional.Although this may be the last year we organise a group trip, I will keep going back every year, with my son, for as long as I can.

We do it for the comrades that were left behind.”

– Wally Smith