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JOHN FREDERICK RICHARD HARTLE K. O. S. B.
Local chairman of the Normandy Veterans Association 2005
A presentation by Fred and niece Stevie Marsh (previously Stephanie Cawthorne)
Standing proudly and looking very resplendent in the photo on the left is Fred Hartley, Pit Deputy and war hero.
His niece Stephanie recently introduced Fred to this site and then wrote down Fred's memories, recollections that are truly interesting and very informative. This page is just a segment from those memories and is a tribute to this rather remarkable real life hero.
It is also a record of a life time friendship between two men who grew up together in Dalton, and though today a few thousand miles separate them, their friendship is still maintained.
The Hartle family menfolk mostly worked at Silverwood and were very well known in the area.
What follows is Freds story,
a tale that I feel should be related, to remind us all of the bravery of men
Some of Freds memories sent in by Stephanie as follows
Oh yes, I knew Fred Kelly very well. He went to Australia.
I Knew Jack Wooton.
by Stevie Marsh
We were all amazed to see the information from Bill
Hill. We know him as Billy Hill and he is a great friend of the family and
has been to see them on several occasions since he went to Australia. In
fact I remember seeing a bouquet of flowers from the Hill family to my
Auntie Norah (Fred and my mum's sister) last time she was in hospital about
six months ago. Uncle Fred went to school with Billy Hill. In the 1920's the
Hill family lived opposite the Hartle family in Dalton. Fred and my mum are
one of 12 children - a big family even then. So my maternal name is Hartle
and my grandparents were Thomas (who worked at Silverwood) and Esther Ellen.
They were a very close family and almost all of the male side (I'm including
the girls' husbands in this) worked at Silverwood.
report has an error Fred was not a Corporal he was in fact a Sergeant.
Footnote: by John Doxey
Now some people might question why these men want to remember their time in Hell, the simple answer is they cannot forget, and they are rightly proud that they served us all.
In 2005 Fred made a visit to Normandy and retraced the steps of himself and his comrades during the war, we can only imagine the images and memories that flashed through his mind. Memories of fallen comrades, the sheer horror and fear, and it is those images that make it very important for these men that we all remember what they endured, and also that the lost soldiers should also be remembered.
Special thanks to Stevie Marsh (previously Stephanie Cawthorne) for contributing Fred's story to these pages
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