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St Michiels Gestel, Holland 1944

Military Medal
Military Medal
2934077 Sgt George Sands receives his Military Medal from Field Marshal Montgomery

In the great hall at Beekvliet, St Michielsgestel, Holland
2934077 Sergeant George Sands, 
The Queens Own Cameron Highlanders

being presented with the Military Medal by:

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery

colour by Pristine Image

Military Medal
Military Medal

All Medal winners, December 1944 St Michiels Gestel, Holland December 1944
On 15th December 1944, at Beekvliet, St MichielsGestel near s'Hertogenbosch, Holland, a Investiture was held with Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery presenting the Medals. 5th Camerons were well represented, among who were; Major J. L. Melville, DSO.,Captain W. W. Yellowlees MC., Lieutenant W. G. Chalmers MC.,with Sergeants, F. Martin, A. McKenzie and G. Sands and Corporal R. Leadbeater all receiving the Military Medal.

Site of Investiture
The Seminary at Beekvliet as it was in 1944. The dark square building (top right corner) was known as the German building. Built by the Germans in 1942. The hall where the investiture took place, with Montgomery,  is the long building with the light coloured roof (top left of the complex)

Officers Mess s'Hertogenbosch Holland, December1944
Fraterhuis, Sonniusstraat, s'Hertogenbosch.
This building was home to the Officers mess of the Camerons. The monks in residence at the time, were taught, by the Quartermaster, how to do a dance called the "Hokey Cokey". They, in all innocence, thought they were being taught the mystic rites of a Scottish religious dance.

Officers and NCO's of 5th Camerons December 1944

Officers and NCO's, 5th Camerons, s'Hertogenbosch, Holland, December 1944.

Highland Division Christmas Card 1944


18th December 1944 Sergeant George Sands celebrated his 28th Birthday and sent a Christmas card home. 5th Camerons Christmas dinner was interupted by the German offensive, through the Ardennes just before Christmas 1944. Their attack fell on the American 1st Army front opposite Liege. 5th Camerons would spend the new year in Liege.

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