Manor of Groves Hotel, Golf and Country Club in High Wych, Sawbridgeworth have been honoured with some very special guests last week.
Made famous by Tom Hanks and Stephen Speilberg’s mini series ‘Band of Brothers’, WWII veterans of Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne have flown across the Atlantic to visit the UK – highlights of their trip included attending the Flying Legends Airshow at Duxford, being guests of honour at the official unveiling of a commemorative display to celebrate Stansted Airport’s origins as a wartime airfield and having a private meeting with HRH Prince Charles.
Don Malarkey, Buck Compton, Ed Tipper and Brad Freeman all completed their training in England and flew across the channel to land in France by parachute amidst enemy fire on D-Day. Easy Company also participated in Operation Market Garden, The Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne and went on to take Hitler’s mountain retreat the ‘Eagles Nest’ in Berchtesgaden.
Don Malarkey said “England produced one of the greatest leaders in the world Winston Churchill who I was fortunate to meet prior to jumping on D-Day, so it is great to be back in England and to be staying in such a nice place. Everyone has been really looking after us and I was surprised to see the following we have over here. Being in England brings back many memories – some of which are painful when I think of all those that did not make it through the war and some wonderful memories which I will always treasure”.
Manor of Groves Sales Manager, Nikki Orsini, said “we have been honoured to have such heroic guests here at the Manor of Groves. These were ordinary men asked to do extraordinary things. They may have been called Easy Company, but their mission was never easy. I am delighted that they chose the Manor of Groves as their base for this poignant trip back to England where in effect, the story began for them”.