The D-Day Wall

At last the Maritime Archeologists are saving this wall that I blogged about in 2016! They wrote a wonderful comment at the bottom after reading it.

The D-Day veterans from the US came to visit the wall yesterday, in time for the 75th Anniversary of that battle. Blogging works!


The boundary wall of the troop embarkation site at West Quay. © Southampton Old Lady The boundary wall of the troop embarkation site at the side of the Grand Harbour Hotel West Quay.

Visitors from around the world, but especially from North America, emerge from cruise ships at Southampton Docks and head immediately for London or Stonehenge. Many stay at the prestigious Grand Harbour Hotel on West Quay without knowing that their country’s heroes had stayed on that very piece of land before sacrificing their lives.

Southampton. The day before D-Day Southampton. The day before D-Day

Port from lift of Grand Harbour Hotel Port from lift of Grand Harbour Hotel

This historically, was the site for troops to be stationed before going off to wars, from Agincourt to The Falklands.

WW2 allied troops would have health check-ups and their vehicles disinfected. Servicemen would kill time playing cards and etching their names on the red-brick boundary wall. One of the most prolific times was when North American service personnel were stationed here during the run up to the D-Day manoeuvres.

Southampton Docks. Convoy during peparations for D-Day Southampton Docks. Convoy during preparations for…

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11 thoughts on “The D-Day Wall

  1. Good to catch up on the original post after being incommunicado for so long. Hopefully I’ve now sorted out the glitches – time will tell. Such and interesting read and well done for playing such a big part in preserving the wall. Best wishes.

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      • So pleased to hear all is well and that you are enjoying your new location. I’m still wondering where the last two years have gone. Distracted firstly with two granddaughters and making outfits for them – or running them back and forth – or going to watch various performances etc by one of them. Then working hard towards a solo exhibition (whilst being rather sick and having surgery). Just when I thought I could take a breather I’ve had a stream of visitors from far and wide coming to see the show. Wonderful, but I feel like I’m running a B&B!


    • Lovely to hear from you Scooj and have missed your poetry and pictures. Since I have moved to Dorset I have taken up so many other projects, especially photographs of wildlife and sunsets of this beautiful area. I never got around to starting a new blog site. I am very well and miss all my WordPress pals.

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      • Pleased to hear you are settled in Dorset. No need to miss WordPress friends, we’re only a click away. Enjoy the wildlife photography.


    • Hello there Derrick! How great to hear from you. I have missed all my blogging friends since I moved to Dorset, but have taken up putting posts on Facebook. Lots of exploring and taking photos now. So much that I do not seem to have time for the WordPress blog that I was going to start in Dorset. Must get around to reading all the posts – hope your garden is still as delightful and that you are both well?

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      • I’ve had a second new knee – recovering well; garden even better this year. I only really use FB as a link to my blog. I’m pleased to know you are staled in Dorset


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