Ten Chelsea Pensioners and a group of Ghurkhas were in Sark on 10th May to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Liberation. The Ghurkhas arrived on the early boat and spent the morning at the shooting range while the Pensioners had a more leisurely start to the day arriving at 11am. The first stop was a photo call at the Bel Air followed by a little refreshment. Next came a gentle walk to La Colinette to meet Sark’s school children who were delighted when the veterans gave out sweets and chocolates. After this the party were taken to St Peter’s Church by carriage for a small service with the Ghurkhas by the grave of Nanette Hamon where one of the Pensioners bugled a retreat. Nanette was just four years old when, in October 1944, she was killed by a German landmine. Following a tour inside the Church to see the newly restored stained glass windows the visitors were taken to Stocks Hotel for lunch. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by German forcing during the Second World War. Jersey and Guernsey were liberated on the 9th May 1945 and Sark a day later while German troops on Alderney did not surrender until 16th May.
Pictures by Sue Daly L – R The Chelsea Pensioners, Meeting local children, Setting off for the Church, Remembering Nanette