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