Scouts to mark troops’ sacrifice during WWII

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A scout group are to continue to honour the memory of troops stationed in their village during the Second World War by adding a special badge to their uniform.

The 2nd Heckington Scout group are planning to maintain the memory of those who fought during the infamous Battle of Arnhem and Oosterbeek, also known as Operation ‘Market Garden’, which took place in September 1944, by adopting the Pegasus emblem worn by the veterans of the 1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery (Royal Artillery) who were stationed in Heckington during the war prior to the assault.

The largest airborne operation in the history of warfare, it was a daring plan to establish a route through Holland and into Germany, and was aimed at bringing the war to an early end.

Many of the airborne troops were stationed in Lincolnshire and the surrounding area prior to the battle, and were transported from local airfields into the battle zone.

The idea came about as a result of the village’s commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem last year.

It was explained at last Monday’s meeting of the 
parish council the scouts 
need around £400 for the cost of the badges which will be pinned to their neckerchiefs and already the parish council has pledged to contribute 
and the Parachute Regiment Association which was involved in the commemoration event is also lending their 
assistance.