Strete, Devon Strete

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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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Strete Gate Memorial Cairn for Exercise Tiger

The parish council was made aware of an unreported event involving Exercise Tiger at the PC meeting in February. This is a summary of those events from over four years of research by Mr Teddy Cranmer concerning the early and unreported part of Exercise Tiger.
US troops made their first landing at 06:30 on the 27th of April 1944. They came ashore from LSTs/Higgins boats on' red ' beach near the middle/end of the Ley, near Strete Gate.
It was a shambles - Altered timings, bad communications, live ammunition unbeknown to defenders and those coming ashore and bombardment from a cruiser and destroyers lying off-shore coinciding with the landing. 110 deaths - but, due to D-Day five weeks away, these became swallowed up in the great deception that surrounded Tiger. It would also have had a disastrous effect on morale for both US forces preparing for D-Day and for their families back in the USA. There has never been a memorial to these 110 (bodies and identities were carefully spirited away) but there were witnesses and Ike (General Eisenhower) noted these losses. Mr Cranmer has obtained permission from Brendan Spokes of Strete Estate to place a memorial at Strete Gate. As result of his dedication to acknowledge this tragedy a memorial cairn commemorating the loss of over 100 US personnel during the first Tiger landing on Slapton Sands 27/04/1944 was unveiled in Strete Gate Car Park at 2pm on 5th April 2024. Unveiling of the memorial was by Anthony Mangnall MP and other local dignitaries followed by tea at the Field Studies Centre, Slapton.

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