Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England, which is managed by Strete Parish Council. Strete is about a fifteen minute drive from Dartmouth. It is to be found on the high coastal ground at the eastern end of Slapton Sands. It's a good place to stay if you like exploring the local beaches and is also convenient for Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe. Strete is situated on the South West Coastal Footpath and, with a variety of accommodation in the village, it is an ideal location to take a break in your journey. Take time to relax and enjoy the beautiful AONB surroundings.
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A great mixture of bunting through the village. Well done everyone.
During the Evacuation Asherne was used as a kind of headquarters as there was such a good view over Slapton Sands beach from its location high up on the cliffs.
It is said Churchill and Eisenhower viewed the beach from Asherne.
Slapton Sands was later used and remembered as the beach used for D-Day training by American troops.
Read the war years at Asherne from Louise Newman here
Many houses were blown up but fortunately Asherne survived.
Corporal Hornsey, aged 28, was in the 1st Bn. Rifle Brigade who were part of the follow up forces in Holland during October and November 1944 after the failure of “Operation Market Garden”.
On 3rd November 1944 he was located near a farm in a cul-de-sac named Willem Van Oranjestraat in Geertruidenburg close to the River Donge in Holland. Two other soldiers from his unit and a Dutch translator were waiting for the Canadians to move through Geertruidenburg to join them. Leslie is on the right in the picture of three soldiers.
They were standing around their half-track when artillery shells started to land.
Corporal Hornsey was killed instantly from a shrapnel wound to the head.
He is buried in Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery in Holland.
The facts of these events were passed to the family of Celia Clark by the Dutch interpreter Mr John Stolk in December 1984.
Leslie was Celia’s uncle from her mother’s side.
Sgt George Wendon Risdon was a relative of the Parish Council Chairperson - Kate Gill
He served in the Royal Engineers from 1939 – 1945 as a Special Operations Executive
It involved espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance.
He was captured and served time in Stalag VIII B from where he later escaped.
On his return to civvy street he resumed his job as a surveyor for the Ordnance Survey.