UK Government Minister for Wales Kevin Foster travel to the Netherlands on the 26th October to take part in a service of remembrance for those from the Welsh army division who fought and died in the liberation of ’s-Hertogenbosch in 1944…

The 53rd Welsh Infantry Division spent four days in October 1944 battling to free the city in the southern Netherlands during the Second World War. The city and surrounding area saw allied forces enter the freed city on 27 October 1944 after fierce fighting which claimed the lives of 764 civilians and 146 British soldiers.

The UK Government Minister for Wales honoured the memories of the fallen soldiers and civilians at the memorial service, laying a wreath on behalf of the UK Government. He said:

Kevin Foster said: “The commemorations offer an important opportunity to honour the lives and bravery of all those in the 53rd Welsh Division who fought so bravely to liberate ‘s-Hertogenbosch during the Second World War, with many making the ultimate sacrifice.

“I am proud to represent the UK Government and to share in this special moment of reflection at the memorial service for the British Soldiers and civilians who lost their lives 75 years ago. It is important we continue to take the time to remember those who fell in the liberation of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and thank those who served alongside them to ensure their bravery continues to be honoured.”