I thought I’d reprise this post from two years ago.

Back On The Rock

My voice caught a couple of times but I got through my reading OK yesterday. The occasion was a musical event held in the renovated German Command Bunker at Noirmont overlooking Jersey’s south coast. It was certainly a poignant affair marking the 68th anniversary of the Liberation.

But the star and absolute hero of the day was Eric Walker B.E.M. Eric was 90 three days ago. He was one of the British liberating forces on 9th May 1945. He went on to help clear many thousands of mines from the Channel Islands, then further afield, before settling down in Jersey as its Bomb Disposal Officer for many years.

Eric Walker B.E.M. Eric Walker B.E.M.

The northernmost of the Channel Islands is Alderney. Unlike the other islands Alderney was totally evacuated before the German invasion. It was heavily fortified using slave and forced labour. There were many recorded atrocities visited on the forced workers…

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