A SANDON & DISTRICT LEGION TRIBUTE TO
F/L WILLIAM GAVIN CAMPBELL
and the
CREW OF LANCASTER KB879

BILL HILLMAN PHOTO JOURNAL

Day 2 ~ 99.08.24 ~ Sod Turning for Mr. Stone's Stone Just a Little Outside of Stone
The highlight of day 2 was a visit to the memorial site on A51 [1]. My mother and I were involved in the sod breaking [2] in preparation [5] for the installing [3] of the memorial stone [4]. It was at this site that we also had the pleasure of meeting Legion secretary, Peter Berrisford [6]. Peter, a decorated WWII commando and former journalist,  is well known in the area for his prowess as a gardener. The finder, keeper and installer of this impressive stone was Mr. Stone [7], a farmer from Stone. Mr. Stone, with the help of his son[8] and a powerful farm tractor, proceeded to lower the stone into its cement foundation while the three Sandon Legionnaires supervised [9] and worked at grooming the site. Following the installation of the monument stone, Peter invited the Canadian visitors to his home, Purl Cottage [10], where his wife Gwen had a pot of hot tea waiting for us. Later, the Mitchell family joined us for a late night supper in the elegant dining room of the Crown.

[1] Sod Breaking: Bill Hillman involved in back breaking toil[2] Mother and son at the sod breaking ceremony
[3] Louise Hillman with Legionnaires and Stones[4] Louise decides to install the stone herself while the men take a break
[5] Don Mitchell ~ Lumberjack[6] Legionnaires Peter Berrisford, Don Mitchell & Robert Selby with James Mitchell
[7] Mr. Stone: Finder, Keeper and Installer of the Memorial Stone[8] Mr. Stone and Son Look On As Robert Selby Adds Finishing Touches
[9] Don and James Mitchell brave the A51 traffic to direct the leveling of the stone.[10] Peter and Gwen Berrisford Welcome Louise Hillman to Purl Cottage


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