Staff-Sergeant Mark Leaver

 

Mark Leaver, outside Oosterbeek Church, 1996, standing beside the tree which saved his life. "I was standing by the tree in front of the Church (to the right as you face the Church from the main road) in a patrol of five when a mortar shell landed to the left of the tree. The other four in the patrol were all killed, but I did not receive any physical injury. The tree is still standing and the scar caused by the shell is now in the shape of a heart." After his death in 2000, and in accordance with his long held wish, a plaque was placed at the foot of the tree on the 20th September 2001. Copyright: Mark Leaver.