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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 December 2005, 18:06 GMT
Exhibition to honour VC war hero
Stan Hollis
Stan Hollis kept his prestigious medal in a bottom drawer
The daughter of the only man to be awarded the Victoria Cross on D-Day is to officially open an exhibition of World War II memories.

Stan Hollis was a Sergeant-Major in the Green Howards' when he stormed Gold Beach at Normandy.

He died in 1972 aged 59 after receiving the prestigious medal for his actions.

His daughter, Pauline Armistead, on Thursday launches a touring exhibition of memorabilia, including ration books, old photographs and Army kits.

Mrs Armistead said: "My dad was a lovely man, but he didn't talk about the war very much or his medal. It was other people who used to tell me.

'Wartime stories'

"He used to keep the Victoria Cross in a bottom drawer with all the bottle-tops he collected."

Mr Hollis' Victoria Cross now has pride of place in the Green Howards Regimental Museum at Richmond.

The library exhibition "Memories: Not Forgotten Memories of the Years 1939-1945" has drawn on the reminiscences of Teessiders, who came forward with their wartime stories.

Mrs Armistead said: "I can remember running after the Army buses when they came through Middlesbrough, shouting at the men: 'Are you my daddy!' My mum used to tell me how embarrassed she was."

The month-long exhibition is opened at Redcar's Central Library on Thursday before it begins a tour of all Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council libraries in the New Year.

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