Sunday, June 08, 2014

Two Brothers who remain forever young

 1. Normandy Veterans Association Memorial Tablet
[St Nicholas' Church Gardens, Whitehaven, Cumbria]
 2. Poppies in remembrance of Robert and Joseph Casson
[70th anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2014]
3. The Casson family headstone (Whitehaven Cemetery)
[It commemorates five members of the family

 4. Joseph Casson (left) and Robert Casson (right)
[Two brothers buried side-by-side in Normandy]
For additional information click on 'Comments' below.
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

Among those who took part in the Normandy Landings in the summer of 1944 were three brothers from Whitehaven, Cumberland: Robert, Joseph and John Casson. Of the three brothers, only John survived the campaign.

Robert Casson (45 Royal Marine Commandos) was killed in action on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Joseph Casson (9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry) died of wounds on 27 June 1944. They are buried next to each other in Ryes (Bazenville) War Cemetery.

In their hometown of Whitehaven there is a memorial tablet in St Nicholas' Church Gardens commemorating those who lost their lives in the Normandy Campaign and later battles in N.W. Europe [Photograph No. 1]. They are also commemorated on the WW2 memorial of St Begh's R.C. Parish, Whitehaven.

Robert and Joseph have never been forgotten. On Friday, 6 June 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, family members and friends placed poppy crosses and floral tributes at the memorial plaque in St Nicholas' Gardens [Photograph No. 2]. Robert and Joseph, together with their sister Alice who died in childhood, are also remembered on the memorial headstone of their parents in Whitehaven Cemetery [Photograph No. 3].
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Sunday, 08 June, 2014  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Two brothers: "Forever Young".

In memory of Robert Casson and Joseph Casson, two brothers who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy:

"Their courage, their smiles, their pluck,
Gladdened the hearts of those who loved them.
No one is indespensable, but some are irreplaceable:
They remain forever young but shall never be forgotten."
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Sunday, 08 June, 2014  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

CWGC citations

Below are the Commonwealth War Graves Commission citations for Robert and Joseph Cassson who are buried next to each other at Ryes (Bazenville) War Cemetery, Calvados.

(a) Marine Robert Casson
(45 Royal Marine Commando)

CWGC citation:
CASSON, ROBERT
Rank: Marine
Service No: EX/3236
Date of Death: 06/06/1944
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Royal Marines, No. 45 Commando.
Grave Reference: IV. B. 2.
Cemetery: RYES WAR CEMETERY, BAZENVILLE, Calvados

Additional Information:
Son of David and Mary Ellen Casson, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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(b) Private Joseph Casson
(9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry)

CWGC citation:
CASSON, JOSEPH
Rank: Private
Service No: 14674155
Date of Death: 27/06/1944
Age: 18
Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry, 9th Bn.
Grave Reference: IV. B. 1.
Cemetery: RYES WAR CEMETERY, BAZENVILLE, Calvados

Additional Information:
Son of David and Mary Ellen Casson, of Whitehaven, Cumberland.
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Sunday, 08 June, 2014  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Click on the link below to read a previous article about Robert and Joseph Casson on the BBC "People's War" website. It includes a photograph of their CWGC headstones in Ryes (Bazenville) War Cemetery:

Joseph and Robert Casson, a BBC "People's War" article
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Sunday, 08 June, 2014  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Photograph No. 4 (above) shows Joseph Casson (left) and Robert Casson (right). These are two brothers who are forever young. They gave their lives so that others may be free.

May their sacrifice never be forgotten.
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Monday, 09 June, 2014  

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