Grateful and moved nephew of airman has landed on the heath Links In Danish A + B Updated: 19 JUN 2013
Article by Jens Peder Østergaard
Viborg Stifts Folkeblad on
Saturday 25 May 2013. See 4 photos in the edition in Danish. Captions:
A. The Scotsman David Geddes and Anders Straarup are studying the inscription on the Pole that marks where the Lancaster crashed on the night before 25 May 1942.
B. The Lancaster Team with Gregers Laigaard, Gerhardt Hørdum, AS, Knud Gaarn-Larsen and David Geddes at the Memorial Stone that will be unveiled today.
C. David Geddes and Anders Straarup "inaugurate" the small Memorial Room which now has been fitted out in the former travellers' stable of the inn.
D. David Geddes is very glad that the air crash will be marked and he thinks that "Danes commemorate victims of the war in a fantastic way."
Air crash memorial
David Geddes, the nephew of one of the airmen shot down in Grønhøj in 1942, has arrived from Scotland.
GRØNHØJ: "I am very impressed and grateful. Danes commemorate victims of the war in a fantastic way."
David Wilson Geddes has arrived from the western
part of Scotland to the central part of Jutland to see where his uncle
Wilson Morrison and 6 other airmen of
And this Scotsman, 62, has come especially to
participate in the ceremony today at 1400 hrs, when a big stone in memory of the
7 airmen who all died in connection
"It is very great for me," David Geddes states. Just like his uncle he has been in the United Kingdom Armed Forces. He was a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps before he became a dental surgeon.
He was not born until 8 years after his uncle lost his life, and Uncle Lewis was barely mentioned in the family in the decades after World War II.
"My father also served in the war - both in North Africa and Italy, and later in India and other places, but my parents could not talk about the war," David Geddes relates. He only knew that his uncle was buried in Frederikshavn in Denmark.
Not until 3 years ago, when the last of his
parents had died, did he try on the internet to clear up the circumstances. The
breakthrough came when assisted by a
The description of the Grønhøj air crash is
partly based on an interview in
Viborg Stifts Folkeblad some years
ago with Gudrun Laigaard who as a 22-year-old
The crash site is a deserted place about 1500 metres west of
Grønhøj. As late as in the autumn of 2012 Anders Straarup and some helpers found
pieces of wreckage which now are on display in the small
Memorial Room that will be opened together with the unveiling of the
Memorial Stone at Grønhøj Kro.
The Lancaster Team has collected money for the carving of the memorial stone which was donated by Grønhøj Vognmandsforretning.
Speakers like the Mayor of Viborg, Søren Pape Poulsen, and Colonel Steen Ulrich, Commander of Helicopter Wing Karup will participate in the unveiling ceremony, which is open for everyone. Also 10 people with family relations to the crashed airmen will attend the ceremony.
To David Geddes this is one of the very great days of his life. "To me and my family light has now been thrown on a dark chapter," he states.