Stop houses being built on a well loved nature reserve and history filled field
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I am asking for signitures to save our well loved nature reserve! I have lived in scraptoft from a child, i grew up surrounded by fields and the village had a beautiful community spirit... after years and years of constant building around us, we are now left with this beautiful nature reserve as our only piece of countryside...
But this field is not just a nature reserve, it holds a rich history...
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! This is the last piece of history our village can hold on to, it is a huge nature reserve home to hundreds of animals..
England is a beautiful country, but there will be no room for wildlife, greenery and trees if houses are being built on every piece of field their is, it will just be 1 big city!! Please take 2 minutes to sign this petition, to help this village who is desperate to keep their last piece of history!....
Harborough District Council has suggested the former prisoner of war camp in Beeby Road, Scraptoft, be given over largely for housing.
During the Second World War, just before D-Day, from February 1944, the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, of the US 82nd Airborne Division, was based at the site, known as Camp March Hare.
Many brave young men from this site went on to fight – and die – in Normandy. For them, Scraptoft would be the last place of peace and friendship they would ever see.
One such soldier would be Private First Class Charles N DeGlopper.
A REPORT ON THE PLANS READS:
Last home: Medal of Honour winner, Charles N DeGlopper, left, with Staff Sergeant Kirby McDonald, of the US 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, at Camp March Hare, in Scraptoft, in March 1944.
From New York, he was the only soldier from the regiment to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was also the only soldier from the 82nd Airborne to receive the award during the Normandy campaign.
As his citation explains: “A member of Company C, June 9, 1944, DeGlopper advanced with the forward platoon to secure a bridgehead across the Merderet River at La Fiere, France.
“At dawn, the platoon penetrated an outer line of machine-guns and rifles, but became cut off from their company.
“Vastly superior forces began a decimation of the stricken unit and put in motion a flanking manoeuvre which would have completely exposed the American platoon in a shallow roadside ditch where it had taken cover.
“Detecting this danger, DeGlopper volunteered to support his comrades by fire from his automatic rifle while they attempted a withdrawal through a break in the hedgerow 40 yards to the rear.
“Scorning a concentration of enemy automatic weapons and rifle fire, he walked from a ditch onto the road in full view of the Germans and sprayed the hostile positions with assault fire.
“He was wounded, but continued firing. Struck again, he started to fall and yet his grim determination and valiant fighting spirit could not be broken.
“Kneeling in the roadway, weakened by his grievous wounds, he levelled his heavy weapon against the enemy and fired burst after burst until killed outright.
“He was successful in drawing the enemy action away from his fellow soldiers, who continued the fight from a more advantageous position and established the first bridgehead over the Merderet.
“In the area where he made his intrepid stand his comrades later found the ground strewn with dead Germans and many machine-guns and automatic weapons which he had knocked out.
“DeGlopper’s gallant sacrifice and unflinching heroism while facing insurmountable odds, were in great measure responsible for a highly-tactical victory in the Normandy campaign.”
After the US Airborne went to France, German prisoners came back the other way.
The now-empty camp became POW Camp No 4, capable of holding up to German 2,000 prisoners.
With the war’s end, it became a repatriation site for its internees and, with the post-war housing crisis, became home to homeless families.
Though the buildings have gone, the camp’s outline is clearly visible and is thought to be the last such site in Leicestershire.
With Leicester full of derelict brownfield sites sitting unused, even just suggesting the deliberate destruction of such a historic greenfield site is mind-boggling.
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION! This is the last piece of history our village can hold on to, it is a huge nature reserve home to hundreds of animals including some monk jack dear!
The residents of scraptoft have had years and years of constant construction and building going on around them, it is time for peace!!!! But unless we get signatures we will not be heard!!!!
Please please sign!
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