The Stanley E. Hollis VC Memorial was officially unveiled at its site opposite the Dorman Museum on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough on Thursday 26th November 2015 at 12pm
CSM Stanley E. Hollis of the Green Howards/Yorkshire Regiment was the only British serviceman to be awarded the Victoria Cross on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Sadly, his gallant actions were almost unrecognised in his home town of Middlesbrough. This Memorial Fund was established to rectify the oversight and erect a suitable memorial.
The Memorial is sited opposite the Dorman Memorial Museum and provides a lasting memory of a very brave soldier and his famous regiment, the Green Howards.
We are very grateful to everyone who has donated.
Order of Ceremony
- Introduction to ceremony address by David Budd, Elected Mayor of Middlesbrough
- Remarks by Brian Bage, Chair of the Stanley E. Hollis VC Memorial Fund
- Response by Colonel Clive Mantell MBE, Representative Colonel Green Howards
- The life of Stanley Hollis VC – Major Roger Chapman MBE (Green Howards)
- Citation of CSM Stanley Hollis VC read by Mrs Mandy Hart (Granddaughter of Stanley Hollis VC)
- Unveiling of memorial by Vice Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Peter Scrope – Guided by Colonel Clive Mantell MBE
- Dedication by Canon Richard Cooper, Chaplain to HM The Queen, Chaplain to the Green Howards
- Exhortation Read by major Tony Warriner MBE, Secretary Green Howards Association
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
ALL: We will remember them.
- Last Post – bugler – Bob Purvis (Green Howards)
- SILENCE – Led by Major Tony Warriner MBE, Secretary Green Howards Association
- Reveille – bugler
- Kohima Epitaph – Read by Lieutenant Colonel David O’Kelly, Regimental Secretary of the Yorkshire Regiment
“When you go home tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow we gave our today.”
- Prayers led by Canon Cooper, including regimental Collect of the Green Howards
- National Anthem
- March off the Standards, led by Drums 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment – Bonnie English Rose
- End of Ceremony