The Stanley Hollis VC Memorial on Thu 26 Nov


Stanley Hollis VC (21 September 1912 – 8 February 1972), the only Victoria Cross awarded on D-Day, was born in Middlesbrough in 1912. Stanley Hollis VC, born in Archibald Street, Middlesbrough was recommended twice for his actions on 6 June, 1944. Sergeant Major Hollis VC from the Green Howards regiment was a former steelworker and lorry driver. He braved a wall of heavy machine gun fire, twice; during the landings that led to the end of World War II and was wounded so many times he was branded “the man they couldn’t kill”.

Today, is a momentous occasion and special thanks should be given to Brian Bage, who has worked tirelessly to raise the funds for the erection of this memorial.

1. Introduction to ceremony address by David Budd, Elected Mayor of Middlesbrough

2. Remarks by Brian Bage

3. Response by Colonel Clive Mantell MBE, Representative Colonel Green Howards

4. The life of Stanley Hollis VC - Major Roger Chapman MBE (Green Howards)

5. Citation of CSM Stanley Hollis VC read by Mrs Mandy Hart (Granddaughter of Stanley Hollis VC)

6. Unveiling of memorial by Vice Lord -Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Peter Scrope – Guided by Colonel Clive Mantell MBE

7. Dedication by Canon Richard Cooper, Chaplain to HM The Queen, Chaplain to the Green Howards

8. Exhortation – Read by Major Tony Warriner MBE Secretary Green Howards Association

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them”

All: We will remember them

9. Last Post – bugler – Bob Purvis (Green Howards)

10. SILENCE – Led by Major Tony Warriner MBE Secretary Green Howards Association

11. Reveille – bugler

12. Kohima Epitaph – Read by Lieutenant Colonel David O’Kelly, Regimental Secretary of the Yorkshire Regiment

“When you go home tell them of us and say

For your tomorrow we gave our today”

13. Prayers led by Canon Cooper, including Regimental Collect of the Green Howards

14. National Anthem (on CD)

15. March off the Standards, led by Drums 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment – Bonnie English Rose (on CD)

16. End of Ceremony

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