The extraordinary case of Leroy Henry – today was the day

By Kate Werran, April 2024

In June 2024 the nation will look back 80 years to D-Day. Movies like Saving Private Ryan.

TV documentaries and newspapers featuring interviews from a rapidly diminishing pool of veterans will proliferate to mark the historical watershed.

Commissioning editors will be anxious to ward against D-Day-fatigue and demand revisionist spins on familiar archive material.

But perhaps the most modern and pertinent tale from the British home front in the summer of 1944 has been hiding in plain sight all along — and is rooted in Combe Down’s own history.

The extraordinary case of Leroy Henry will be familiar to those following Prior to Now Trust. The African American G I, whose unit was based at Brantwood House in Southstoke.

See Daily Express story about Leroy Henry

See PtNT article about Leroy Henry

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