The SAS Regimental Association visited St Sauvant, Rom and Verrieres during a tour of France to lay wreaths on over 50 known graves of SAS soldiers. On Sunday 23 June they started their tour of this area in the forest of St Sauvant at the Stele marking the place of execution of the men captured during operation Bulbasket in June 1944. Later wreaths were laid on the Commonwealth War Graves in the cemetery of Rom where the men were re-interred after being removed from the mass graves behind the Stele. On Monday 24 June wreaths were laid on the tomb of Lt Thomos Stephens and then at the monument marking the place of the battle against German forces where 7 Resistance fighters were killed in action.
Wreath laying at the Stele in the forest of St Sauvant
A Poppy cross is laid on one of the three mass graves behind the Stele.
Wreaths laid on the CWGs at Rom - many thanks to those people who came to witness this event and where kind enough to help lay the wreaths.
After the ceremonies on Sunday, lunch was taken at a local restaurant.
Monday morning, a wreath was laid at the family tomb in Verrieres cemetary where Lt Thomos Stephens was laid to rest by the residents of the town.
The monument in the forest near Verrieres where the battle on 3 July 1944 took place.
Another memorial close to the main monument near Verriers for the Resistance fighters who died in the battle. The gentleman on the left of this photo is Christian Richard, a local historian who has written a book about Bulbasket giving blow by blow accounts. Many thanks to him for clearing a few anomalies regarding events of Bulbasket.
Visiting the site of the camp, roughly 1k from the monument where the SAS group were located.