Lest we forget

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D Day, which effectively changed the course of the Second World War and European history.

While the Frockery's 40s focus is usually on the fabulous fashions of the era, watching today's official commemoration and the many moving interviews with veterans over the past few days has been a humbling experience for those of us who have never had to directly experience the horrors of war.

The vastness of the Bayeux War Cemetery is a reminder of the sheer scale of the sacrifice made on our behalf, and the presence of so many Normandy veterans, some sharing personal memories of the landings, is a fitting tribute to them and their fallen comrades, who,  having paid the ultimate price, did not grow old.

The chief frocker's father, Angus, and his cousin, Tom, served on the Arctic Convoys and Bomber Command respectively. Sadly, neither is still with is today, but both led long and fulfilling lives after their wartime service. Today, especially, we are remembering them too.


Angus and Tom enjoy a family event

home leave 1940s

 Angus on home leave - Marykirk, Kincardineshire, early 40s

world war 2 card

Wartime Christmas greetings

As next of kin, the chief frocker recently took delivery of Angus's Arctic Star, recognising his service on the Arctic convoys, while Tom's son is awaiting his father's Bomber Command Clasp. These awards were made "in recognition of the great bravery of those who contributed to two very significant campaigns of World War Two".  

arctic star medal arctic star medal

 We shall remember them all, celebrate their incredible courage and resilience, and do our utmost to ensure their sacrifices were not made in vain.