Desert Rats return to their WW2 base for Memorial Day
Desert Rats past and present gathered together at High Ash on Sunday for their annual Memorial Day.
The 7th Armoured Division rose to fame in North Africa but High Ash in Thetford Forest, was its only UK base during World War Two and was where it prepared for D-Day with Cromwell tanks.
Veterans of the division were joined by members of the Royal Signals Logistics Corps, who took along a Bulldog armoured personnel carrier and are part of the 7th Infantry Brigade which now wears the red Desert Rat badge.
But they were also joined by members of the public wanting to show their appreciation.
Rod Scott, vice-president of the Desert Rats' Association, said: "It was a brilliant day – the most people we've ever had there.
"We had the mayors of Watton and Thetford lay wreaths. There were some wonderful Wordl War Two military vehicles, mostly from the Norfolk Military Vehicle Trust."
Poppy petals were dropped from from an Auster spotter aircraft which supported the Desert Rats on the Normandy Beaches in 1944 and is now owned by Maurice Hammond.
Visitors also had a chance to preview the association's new museum on the site, which will be officially opened later this year.
- More of Mark Westley's pictures in Friday's Bury Free Press.