Hall Task Blog

Refurbishing the 508 memorial.

A group of volunteers refurbished the 508 memorial.
Kevin Beswick, FoWP Chairman writes…
On left hand side of the main field in front of the Hall you may have seen this war memorial. Here is the story behind this memorial.
Owen Brian Hill 1921 – 2002
O.B.Hill was born in Fort Branch Indiana
He was wounded on June 13th and, after a short stay in hospital, was reunited with his Company in Sissone, France in early December 1944 in time for the 508th participation in the Battle of the Bulge
After the war he returned to his family in Indiana and earned a degree in accountancy and business from the University of Evansville. Along with his keen business sense few know that he was a scholar of English literature. After working for the Inland Revenue he went to work for the Hughes Aircraft Company in California. After a serious heart attack in 1986 he officially retired to reside in Cathedral City.
O.B. Hill returned to Wollaton Park several times over the years and in 1978 he planted this friendship tree in memory of the 508th and the people of Nottingham.
508 Memorial by tree

See also: War Memorial