Hometown honour for Stan Hollis VC

The only soldier to have been awarded a Victoria Cross on D-Day is being honoured with a new memorial in his home town.

Hollis centreMiddlesbrough born Green Howard soldier Stanley Hollis (centre) was recognised for his bravery during the beach invasions on 6 June 1944, and later at Crepon. He survived the war and died in 1972, and is buried in Acklam Cemetery.

The Hollis Memorial in Middlesbrough is being officially unveiled at noon on Thursday 26 November.

The ‘walk in’ memorial, which also commemorates those who lost their lives during the D-Day campaign, as well as the regiment’s other Victoria Cross recipients, sits in front of the Dorman Museum, which also has links to The Green Howards.

It was presented to the town by Sir Arthur Dorman as a memorial to his son George Lockwood Dorman, and others of the Yorkshire Regiment, who lost their lives during the South African wars of 1899-1902.

The bravery of Hollis in rescuing comrades under fire, and the contribution of Green Howards soldiers to the success of the D Day action, is also marked with memorials in France.