George Eric's Story.
Born in 1919, son of Robert and Mary York, foster son of Margaret Nield, of, Heaton Mersey, Stockport. Before joining the army Eric was a furniture stainer.
Eric would have jumped with 9th Battalion Parachute Regiment at 4.00 a.m. as part of the Airborne Division, with the intention of destroying the heavy artillery batteries at Merville, which overlooked Sword Beach, France. They were tasked with capturing two bridges across the Orme to prevent the Germans from bringing reinforcements to defend Sword Beach. For a number of reasons the Para’s were dropped over a wider area and as they were mustering, over 100 Lancaster bombers deposited several hundred tons of high explosives onto the area. Despite this and suffering lots of casualties, they overran the bunkers where the guns were located. By the end of this action only round 80 of the Battalion were still in action. The remainder continued onto capture one of the Orne bridges, but came under heavy attack whilst making an attempt to occupy the village of Amfreville. The C.O. Lt Colonel Otway decided to sit tight until the remainder of his Battalion could be relieved.
Eric died on D-Day, Tuesday, 6 June 1944, aged 25 years.
Researched by H.A.G Carlisle and Susan Kinghts.