As part of the commemorations marking the 75 anniversary of the Normandy Landings on D-Day 1944, one intrepid Scout from 3rdCB ventured to France with his family to pay homage to his Great Grandfather.
Bill Law, a paratrooper with the 7th Light Infantry Parachute Battalion, jumped into France on 6 June 1944 as part of Operation Tonga, just two days after his 20th birthday. He was one of 630 who landed near Pegasus Bridge in an effort to capture the strategic crossing as allied troops landed on the nearby beaches. 75 years later his great grandson, also called Billy, joined veterans and families at the 7th Parachute Btn’s memorial, proudly wearing his namesake’s medals to lay a wreath in his memory. After the service the family planted an olive tree at the Pegasus Bridge Museum in honour of Bill, who by the time it was disbanded in 1948 had been the longest serving member of 7 Para, and passed away in 2007. Billy junior had the opportunity to meet some of his great grandfather’s friends and comrades to talk about their experiences.
Billy, 10, who has just joined 3rdCB’s Renown Sea Scout Troop, said “it was quite overwhelming to meet all the veterans and be part of the memorial, but it was nice to be able to honour my great grandfather”.