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20aug11:00 amYukon Exercises and the Dieppe Raid – 75 years ago...St. John's Church, West Bay


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 Yukon Exercises and the Dieppe Raid – 75 years ago…

A special service will take place at St. John’s Church, West Bay on Sunday 20 August at 11.00am to commemorate the events. A plaque for the Yukon Exercises will be unveiled in the church and an information board will be placed on the pier.

Many of the brave men of the Royal Navy and the 2nd Canadian Division who took part in the Yukon Exercises along the coast here in preparation for the Dieppe Raid on 19 August 1942. The interpretation board shows more information about the Yukon Exercises and the Dieppe Raid. Maps show the beaches that were used for the rehearsals at Eyes Mouth, West Bay and Freshwater.

The Chapel on the Beach will also be open from 11.00am – 4.00pm on Sunday with more information about the events of 1942.

Sheila Meaney of the Bridport Heritage Forum, has special interest as her father, a sailor, landed with the Canadian troops at Eypes Mouth and later at Puys Beach, where he was wounded and taken prisoner of war by the Germans.

Money for the plaque and interpretation board is being raised through donations and other fundraising events.

Last chance to see the ‘Looking Back’ Exhibition in the Town Hall, open Saturday 19, afternoon of the 22 and all day Wednesday 23 August. 100 years of the 3rd Battle of the Somme, 75 years, Yukon and Dieppe, 65 years Queen coming to the throne with old photos of Bridport in the 1950s, plus 100 years of the House of Windsor and 70 years of the marriage of the Queen and Prince Philip.


For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email:


(Sunday) 11:00 am


St. John's Church

West Bay

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