6th June 2024

CTSI commemorates D-Day hero

Den Brotheridge, the first Allied soldier killed on D-Day, will be honoured at this year’s CTSI Conference.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

T0day (6 June) marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, when Allied troops landed in Normandy to repel the Nazi forces and liberate France.

The first Allied soldier killed on the first day of the operation — a decisive turning-point in the Second World War — was part of the Trading Standards family.

Den Brotheridge, 8 December 1915 – 6 June 1944

Lt Herbert Denham ‘Den’ Brotheridge of the 2nd Battalion, Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, was just 28 years old when in the early hours of 6 June, 1944, he landed by glider at the Caen Canal Bridge in Bénouville and led the first platoon across, silencing one German machine gun post before being hit in the back of the neck by a bullet and succumbing to his wounds.

The attack has become famous as the first action on D-Day, and the bridge where Brotheridge died was later renamed Pegasus Bridge by the Royal Engineers.

Brotheridge, whose daughter Margaret was born two weeks after his death, is buried in the war cemetery in Ranville Churchyard.

In civilian life, Brotheridge was a Weights and Measures Inspector at Aylesbury Borough Council and a member of the Incorporated Society of Inspectors of Weights and Measures, which later merged with the Institute of Trading Standards Administration to become CTSI.

Brotheridge’s sacrifice will be marked at this year’s CTSI Conference (18-20 June) with a special memorial address at the Awards dinner.

Retired CTSI member Colin Hoskins said: “Some things need to be remembered and I’d like to think that the Institute can take a bit of pride from this act of heroism by one of its own.”

As well as Brotheridge, 15 other members of the Institute lost their lives in the Second World War, along with many other weights and measures staff. May they all rest in peace.

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