A routine field survey by local metal detectorists has unearthed a Canadian 1 cent coin in an area where Allied Troops are believed to have assembled in the weeks leading up to D-Day in 1944.
Research undertaken in Buriton to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day (part of a larger Heritage Lottery Funded project, coordinated by the D-Day Museum , Portsmouth ) included personal recollections from a number of villagers, describing where troops had camped and what they had been doing.
There was also an overwhelming recollection that most of the men around Buriton were Canadians – but, unfortunately, it has not yet been possible to identify which Regiments or Units.
The discovery of the Canadian coin (dated 1937) supports this local evidence – but only adds to the intrigue about which Units they were, and what was their fate after they left this parish.
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