During the Second World War France was occupied by German forces and Brittany was no exception. Close to the major port of Brest, La Roche Maurice, along with many French villages, has a very sad and difficult wartime history to relate.
Our twin village of La Roche Maurice in Brittany suffered during World War Two as did many in France. Their war memorial carries the names of 18 people who died tragically for France.
We came to remember and honour all those who gave their lives to liberate Europe 75 years ago. On June 6th 2019 Arromanches beach in Normandy was filled once more with the sounds and smells of military jeeps and ambulances and amphibious vehicles emerging from the sea. Hundreds of onlookers, many dressed in 1940s costumes, enjoyed the spectacle and remaining veterans arrived to pay their respects. We were all grateful for peace.
Bill and Hetty Ryder ran a village store at the bottom of Radway Hill in Bishopsteignton. The store comprised of a butchery on the right hand side of the premises and a general grocery store on the left.