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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Monday, 18 October 2021

Tribute to Murray

Murray Walker has given me inspiration. No, not as an F1 commentator, although that may well be so. When Murray died much was published and his image for me was enhanced further. Murray did his bit during WW2 volunteering in 1942 at the age of 18 for officer training to become a tank commander with the Royal Scots Greys. Murray landed in France the day after D Day and took his Sherman  tank  through the final push into Germany. He was later promoted to admin jobs and left the army in 1947 as a captain. 

I have made several plastic kit models since I  posted in August but my skills seemed to deteriorate after that and I would not want to show those efforts in detail. but I am reasonably satisfied with my latest effort, inspired by Murray and his Sherman Easy Eight tank. These came from USA when the Americans entered the war and supplied us under the Lend Lease scheme and they were the mainstay tank for the Allied forces from then onwards.


Invasion of Arnside

Murray with a Sherman at Bovington Tank Museum courtesy of Wikipedia

From the On Line Tank Museum  - CLICK TO VIEW

The M4 Sherman (named after the famous American Civil War general William T. Sherman) is one of the few really iconic fighting vehicles of the Allies during World War Two, and one of the most famous tanks in history. But while this historic status was gained partly thanks to its intrinsic qualities, but also due to the sheer numbers in which they were provided, only surpassed by the Soviet Union’s T-34, with a staggering 50,000 total delivered. It remains by far the most widely used tank on the Allied side during the war. It was derived into countless derivatives and had a very long postwar career which lasted well into the Cold War. It has been largely compared to the T-34, and had the occasion to confront some during the Korean War.


  1. Never knew that about Murray.
    Just spent an interesting half hour in the virtual tank museum.

  2. Once you get down that You Tube rabbit hole time passes at an alarming rate. I've done more higher E grade climbs there than I did VS and HVS with Tony.

  3. Excellent. You could do with one of those tanks to help you along the Parish Boundaries!

  4. Phreerunner - What a brilliant idea. I'm just fuelling up.

  5. Interesting post. I like the invasion of Arnside caption.

  6. Alan R. - "Invasion of Arnside" is no invention. Over the last couple of years, and especially since Covid, we have become a "go-to" destination. There is no adequate parking for visitors and the front is parked up on good weather days not only at weekends but throughout. Overnight campervans proliferate. Residents have no chance The attraction has been recently boosted by a TV programme featuring seaside villages, the last episode covering Arnside. Having said all that it is better than living somewhere with all the shops boarded up and no facilities. We have a good medical surgery, a railway station, a chemist, two convenience stores, a bakery and a couple of gift shops, a mobility scooter and household goods shop, and one or two other retail shops that thrive, and of course, Arnside Knott, the lowest Marilyn at 159 metres.

  7. Wow. I didn't know it had become such a huge problem. I never saw the programme on seaside resorts. I know the camper van situation has proliferated due to the holiday at home scenario. Hopefully things will improve next year when more folk go abroad. Hope you are keeping well Conrad.

  8. Alan R - I think we are stuck with our popularity now. Glad to read that you avoided the word "staycation."