Remembered in Newhaven

Cllr Colin Belsey with sea cadets laying a wreath in Dieppe, to mark the 71st anniversary of the raid on the town
Cllr Colin Belsey with sea cadets laying a wreath in Dieppe, to mark the 71st anniversary of the raid on the town

The chairman of East Sussex County Council travelled to France to attend a ceremony to commemorate the Dieppe Raid.

Cllr Colin Belsey marked the 71st anniversary of the Dieppe Raid of August 1942, together with other dignitaries from East Sussex, including High Sheriff Graham Peters during a visit from August 23-25.

The county council chairman laid a wreath on behalf of the county at a service at the Canadian cemetery at Vertus, near Dieppe, and also attended ceremonies in Puys, Saint-Aubin-le-Cauf and Dieppe.

Cllr Belsey said: “It was an honour to be able to lay wreaths on behalf of East Sussex, to remember the young Canadians and those of other nations who gave their lives in August 1942.

“We owe so much to them and to those who also put their lives on the line for our freedom – and still do.”

The raid was a disaster, with more than 3,300 Canadians killed, wounded or taken prisoner, along with 275 British commandos.

The Royal Navy lost one destroyer and 33 landing craft, suffering 550 dead and wounded, while the RAF lost 106 aircraft to the Luftwaffe’s 48. German army casualties numbered just under 600.