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Major Stidwell: Journey Through World War II and Beyond

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posted on 2024-06-05, 20:13 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

The contributor brought along a number of his grandfather's possessions including wartime photographs, a typewritten account of the D-Day Operation, maps, a book, two letters from Lord Harrow, and a record of service.

The grandfather, Major Stidwell, was in the Army and participated in the North African and Italian campaigns. Around the time of the Battle of Salerno, he was missing in action.

After returning to the UK, he was selected for special duties for D-Day as a member of the Combined Operations. Major Stidwell fought in France, the Netherlands, and Germany, taking part in the occupation of the latter. He returned to the UK in 1946 and was awarded an MBE for his services.

Major Stidwell passed away in 1985 when the contributor was seven years old.


Item list and details

1. TNA Record 2. Typewritten account of D-Day Operations 3. Map of Neptune Operation from 1943 4. Photos of beach 5. Photo collection of Major Stidwell 6. Copy of poem in Dutch and English "Welcome to Brabant 7. Photos from time in the Army 8. Typewritten Eulogy read at the Major's Funeral 9. Copy of R.A.O.C. memo sent to Stidwell regarding lectures 10. Letter from Lord Harrow regarding Stidwell's work with the Army Cadet Force (A.C.F) 11. Letter from Lord Harrow after the war 12. Record of Service 13. Signed copy of the 9th edition of "Map Reading and Sketching"

Person the story/items relate to

George Stidwell

Person who shared the story/items

Giles Dobson

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

He was his grandfather.

Type of submission

Shared at Oxford Westgate Library, Oxfordshire on 10 March 2023.

Record ID

93807 | OXF015