This volume is dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Charles William Bull (1914-1944) of Tutbury, Staffordshire, who was killed defending the bridge at Gavere, Belgium, in 1944.
Sgt. Bull was buried in Gavere (Belgium) and the bridge was subsequently named after him. The citizens of Gavere have an annual commemoration for him; the following is a Google translation from the local paper in 2011:
GAVERE – The Scheldebrug Gavere the annual commemoration was held from war hero Sergeant William Bull. Patriotic associations and thirty Britons commemorated the hero, who in 1944 was killed in the defense of the Scheldt bridge.
At the monument, which bears his name, a memorial wreath was laid by an officer of the Royal British Legion. President Paul Carion and vice president Etienne Engelbert of the local Association of Veterans of King Leopold III also laid flowers down.
Secretary Joseph Callaert welcomed and thanked all present for the fitting tribute. Twenty banners of veterans organizations and military forces formed a guard of honor during the Last Post and the national anthems of Britain and Belgium.
Also a delegation from Gavere visits Tutbury every other year for a service at St. Mary’s church (the next visit is June 15th 2014) and people from Tutbury go to Gavere on the alternate years to honour his memory.
This story of his war years was written by Sgt. Bull’s nephew, David Charles Bull, in 2012. The story of Sgt. Bull’s war can be read by clicking the link below