Michael Murtagh

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A photo of the obituary of Francis Stafford Golland
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A photo of where Francis Stafford Golland was killed in action.
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A photo of the grave of Francis Stafford Golland
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A photo of Francis Stafford Golland
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Michael Murtagh This is the text on the back of the photo of Golland. They both came from the Cheshire Regiment's Official History by Crookenden. I couldn't cut and paste it into the Bio Section, so here it is.
Nov 10, 2013 · posted to the photo Francis Stafford Golland obituary
Michael Murtagh I took this photo when visiting the grave, along way from where Golland and Shiells died. Strangely enough, an oak bough taps Golland's gravestone in the breeze. The acorn and oakleaves are, of course, on the Cheshire Regiment's cap badge. There were no flowers on his grave, although Bob Shiells's had a plant on it, so I went into Hotton, bought a plant and planted it on Golland's grave. I hope it is still there. I asked the CWGC why these two are so far away from their comrades, who also fell in 1940, and it could give me no explanation. Just one of those things! Most of the cemetery occupants at Hotton are those who fell in the Rhine Crossing in 1945.
Nov 10, 2013 · posted to the photo Francis Stafford Golland gravesite
Michael Murtagh This is the field that Francis Golland, Bob Shiells (and my father and other members of 6 Platoon, A/C Co, 4Bn Cheshire Regiment) attempted to cross under machine-gun fire from the left. Golland and Shiells made it about 20 yards into the field before they were cut down.
Nov 10, 2013 · posted to the photo Francis Stafford Golland
Michael Murtagh My father's Platoon Commander, Francis Golland. Killed by a machine-gun while attempting to cross a field outside Watou in Belgium on 30 May 1940.
Nov 10, 2013 · posted to the photo Francis Stafford Golland