3rd Battalion IRISH GUARDS

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    A list of 3 Bn Irish Guards Fatalities in Date Order:

    1 GREY, ARTHUR BARRETT A B LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 156084 17.10.1942 NORTHWOOD CEMETERY
    2 BARRY, EDWARD ANTHONY E A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2717534 16.05.1943 ESTON CEMETERY
    3 THORNLEY, ALLAN A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723323 07.06.1943 LIVERPOOL (WEST DERBY) CEMETERY [See no 145 on list, his brother John Thornley also died 1 Oct 1944]
    4 BOWEN, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723089 14.10.1943 LIVERPOOL (ANFIELD) CEMETERY
    5 WILLIAMS, DONALD D GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723802 18.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    6 GRAHAM, ALBERT LIONEL A L LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721431 18.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    7 BAMFORD, HUGH H LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2721250 18.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    8 GRANT, IAN DOUGLAS RUTHERFORD I D R CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 108939 18.07.1944 RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
    9 HUNTER, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721509 18.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    10 STOKES, MICHAEL JOSEPH M J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2716637 19.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    11 STOCK, DOUGLAS HURNDELL D H LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2720228 19.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    12 FOGARTY, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723585 19.07.1944 BAYEUX MEMORIAL
    13 FARROW, ARTHUR FRANK A F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722649 19.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    14 ALLEN, WILLIE W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719151 22.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    15 MITCHELL, FREDERICK F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721196 22.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    16 MCCARTHY-PHILLIPS, PATRICK GEORGE P G LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722781 22.07.1944 BAYEUX MEMORIAL
    17 O'HANLON, JAMES PATRICK JOSEPH J P J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723994 24.07.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    18 HOPPER, HAROLD H SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720624 01.08.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    19 LIPTROT, ALBERT PERCY A P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722514 02.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    20 WILLIAMS, ALBERT EDWARD A E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722670 03.08.1944 HOTTOT-LES-BAGUES WAR CEMETERY
    21 QUINN, MICHAEL JOSEPH M J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724079 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    22 BYRNE, JOSEPH J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724032 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    23 OULSNAM, JOHN WILLIAM J W SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2717277 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY [see pg 139: ]Roll of Honour - About us
    24 MEARS, RONALD JAMES R J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722056 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    25 FITT, GEORGE G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723874 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    26 ANDERSON, EDMUND NOEL E N GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723353 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    27 WARRINER, AUBRON A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721769 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    28 WOODS, ELLISON MURRAY E M CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 149144 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    29 SLOAN, GEORGE LASCELLES G L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724138 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    30 MCKIBBIN, RICHARD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722785 04.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    31 JONES, JOHN OWEN DORFIL J O D GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721820 04.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    32 STAFFORD-KING-HARMAN, THOMAS EDWARD T E LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 200112 04.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    33 MADDEN, HENRY FRANCIS H F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723657 05.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    34 DOUGLAS, WILLIAM JOSEPH W J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720741 05.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    35 KIRKPATRICK, ERIC E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722562 07.08.1944 BAYEUX MEMORIAL
    36 WILLIAMS, ROBERT R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2719388 08.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    37 ENGLISH, THOMAS JOSEPH T J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721894 08.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    38 FERGUSON, GEORGE STEWART G S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723795 08.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    39 WHITTAKER, ROBERT R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2720865 09.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    40 WIMBRIDGE, LIONEL LESLIE L L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721323 09.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    41 KINGSFORD, DESMOND GLOVER D G CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 121551 10.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    42 BRITTON, GEORGE CARLTON G C LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723648 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    43 BUCKINGHAM, DENNIS HENRY PERCY D H P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722034 11.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    44 EAGER, GEORGE G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723836 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    45 ENGLAND, THOMAS HENRY T H LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2718941 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    46 CONROY, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2717181 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    47 LARKIN, DAVID D WARRANT OFFICER CLASS II (C.S.M.) 3RD BN. 2717614 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    48 FRASER, EDWARD LAURIE E L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719790 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    49 SMITH, HERBERT H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14220908 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    50 PRICE, ERIC WILLIAM E W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723906 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    51 MCLOUGHLIN, GEORGE G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722080 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    52 MCCALLAN, PETER P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723871 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    53 HENNESSY, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718887 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    54 WEINSTEIN, MEYERS M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721961 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    55 ASPINALL, GEOFFREY THOMAS G T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14514367 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    56 RAYNARD, WILLIAM W LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2717332 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    57 AMBROSE, ROBERT R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722999 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    58 EARDLEY-WILMOT, ANTHONY REVELL A R MAJOR 3RD BN. 104182 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    59 BOURKE, PATRICK O'DONNELL (POD) P O LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 295058 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    60 HARVEY, LEONARD FRANK L F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720708 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    61 COOKE, MAURICE ROGER M R LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722104 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    62 MAHER, PATRICK FRANCIS P F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722878 11.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    63 POTTS, ARTHUR A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724063 11.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    64 JORDAN, MICHAEL JOSEPH M J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721588 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    65 LINDSAY, BERNARD ROBERT B R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724051 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    66 HULMES, HERBERT H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720361 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    67 HESKETH, GLYNN JAMES G J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723954 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    68 WATT, ROBERT JAMES R J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719513 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    69 WRIGLEY, HERBERT H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721704 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    70 MCEWAN, JOHN J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2720234 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    71 BORSBEY, JACK J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722123 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    72 BARLOW, REGINALD LEONARD R L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723812 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    73 FITZMAURICE, LORD EDWARD NORMAN E N LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 253926 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    74 WHITBY, FRANK REGINALD F R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721800 12.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    75 BRIGGS, JOSEPH J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722611 12.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    76 TYRRELL, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724014 13.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    77 DINGWALL, DAVID D GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723623 18.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    78 NORTH, EDWARD MERVYN E M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719914 04.09.1944 ST. STEVENS-WOLUWE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
    79 PROE, JOHN J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719998 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY [No 1 Coy]
    80 STONE, RUDOLPH EDWIN JOHN R E J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723891 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    81 SIMPSON, WILLIAM ABRAHAM W A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723525 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    82 BRESLIN, EDWARD JOSEPH E J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721333 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    83 BRUCE, WILLIAM REGINALD RICHARD W R R CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 176774 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    84 DAVIDSON, THOMAS T LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721108 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    85 PARSONS, ALAN A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14681745 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    86 JOHNS, TOM T SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720945 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    87 ALLDIS, ALBERT VICTOR A V GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724119 08.09.1944 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    88 SHAW, STANLEY S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723125 08.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    89 MOGEY, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718447 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    90 HOULAHAN, JOHN J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719554 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    91 MCCORMACK, NICHOLAS JAMES N J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723725 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    92 ALLEN, ROBERT EDWIN R E SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2718779 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    93 DONNELLY, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724294 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    94 DUNN, JOHN J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719614 10.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    95 WALLACE, MICHAEL M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724056 11.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    96 SPARLING, PATRICK JOSEPH P J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720492 11.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    97 RAWLENCE, EDWARD ERNEST E E CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 219069 11.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    98 PRENDERGAST, JOHN J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719534 11.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    99 STEVENSON, JAMES J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723810 11.09.1944 NEERPELT COMMUNAL CEMETERY
    100 SHAW, SYDNEY S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723413 11.09.1944 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    101 O'NEILL, JOHN JAMES J J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723823 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    102 DEE, PATRICK BRIAN P B GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723495 14.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    103 WALKER, PETER P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718774 14.09.1944 HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY
    104 SHEARER, EDWARD E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723868 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    105 KENNARD, HUMPHREY OSCAR COLERIDGE H O C LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 253922 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    106 HOUGHTON, WILFRED W LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2720034 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    107 HUTCHMAN, LAWRENCE L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2717595 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    108 GILMORE, LAWRENCE L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724101 15.09.1944 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    109 REID, SIDNEY S LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2721583 16.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    110 WATSON, THOMAS CROWE T C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724057 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    111 DEE, MICHAEL M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723677 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    112 WALKER, GEORGE EDWARD G E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718987 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    113 MALLON, NORMAN N GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718372 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    114 DELANEY, MICHAEL JOSEPH M J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2703025 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    115 WILLIAMS, WALTER HAMILTON W H SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2718183 17.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    116 RICHARDSON, CYRIL JOSEPH C J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720044 18.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    117 MCKIBBIN, WILLIAM JOHN W J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720351 19.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    118 WHEATLEY, ROY R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721019 19.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    119 GREENHILL, ALBERT A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723975 21.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    120 THISTLETON, MARK M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14693730 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    121 BALL, KENNETH JOHN K J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721832 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    122 MOORE, GEORGE G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719793 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    123 GALE, JAMES ALFRED J A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723527 22.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    124 TODD, CYRIL C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721301 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    125 BRODERICK, FRANCIS JOSEPH F J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718263 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    126 PEMBERTON, PETER P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14677526 22.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    127 DOYLE, JOHN J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2718840 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    128 MEDLEY, PATRICK JOHN P J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719049 22.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    129 DOWNEY, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724254 24.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    130 MCSORLEY, MATTHEW M LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722803 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    131 BENT, HARRY EDWARD H E LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2719254 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    132 DOBSON, FRANK ARTHUR F A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723804 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    133 LE BER, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720484 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    134 SINGLETON, FRANK F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722516 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    135 RENDELL, VICTOR CLARENCE GEORGE V C G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721321 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY 136 ROURKE, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720320 29.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    137 BRACEGIRDLE, HENRY H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724349 30.09.1944 BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY
    138 CONNOR, JOHN J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723341 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    139 GRAYSTON, CHRISTOPHER WALKER C W LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721896 01.10.1944 BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY
    140 CARRUTHERS, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722126 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    141 FOX, ROBERT OWEN R O GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722593 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    142 MARLER, CHARLES HENRY JOHN C H J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722006 01.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    143 TOWERS, JAMES FREDERICK J F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724368 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    144 MILLER, SYDNEY JOHN S J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722057 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    145 THORNLEY, JOHN CHARLES J C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723262 01.10.1944 GROESBEEK MEMORIAL [see no. 3 on list, his brother Allan Thornley also died 7 June 1943]
    146 GILHAM, LESLIE JOHN L J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14679953 01.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    147 VARLEY, RONALD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2616031 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    148 KENNY, EDWARD RICHARD NOEL E R N LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723969 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    149 DOYLE, WILLIAM JAMES W J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14441956 01.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    150 BOGGIS, BASIL JOHN B J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 14664830 02.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    151 MAXWELL, WILLIAM ALEXANDER W A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14678822 02.10.1944 GROESBEEK MEMORIAL
    152 PERRY, JOHN J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2717309 02.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    153 GREEN, ERIC E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722509 02.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    154 HOLMES, RAYMOND R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14673282 02.10.1944 EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY
    155 FRAIN, ANDREW FRANCIS A F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719622 02.10.1944 GROESBEEK MEMORIAL
    156 SAMPEY, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720546 03.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    157 WATTS, ALFRED JOHN A J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720212 04.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    158 LALLY, JOHN PATRICK J P LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723077 09.10.1944 MAARHEEZE (STERKSEL MONASTERY) CEMETERY
    159 COLE, ERNEST E LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720772 21.10.1944 BOLTON (HEATON) CEMETERY
    160 DULLARD, PATRICK P LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2716800 25.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    161 SARSFIELD-HALL, PATRICK GEOFFREY EDWARD P G E LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 228328 28.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    162 LEES, ARTHUR A LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722513 10.11.1944 MANCHESTER (GORTON) CEMETERY
    163 GROGAN, MAURICE M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723878 15.11.1944 SITTARD WAR CEMETERY
    164 WHATMOUGH, ALBERT EDWARD A E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722365 18.11.1944 SITTARD WAR CEMETERY
    165 ROUEN, ANTHONY A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14690376 20.11.1944 SITTARD WAR CEMETERY
    166 MATTHEWS, THOMAS T SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721847 25.11.1944 SITTARD WAR CEMETERY
    167 HENDERSON, CYRIL C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720683 07.12.1944 GROESBEEK MEMORIAL
    168 MORAN, PATRICK EDWARD P E SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719817 02.01.1945 HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY
    169 BOSWELL, THOMAS T LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721313 14.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    170 WHITE, HENRY H LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722121 14.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    171 SMITH, STANLEY ERIC THOMAS S E T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724018 14.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    172 KEATINGE, WILLIAM ALFRED W A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722891 15.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    173 DUNNE, MICHAEL M SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2718093 15.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    174 KENT, FRED F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722363 15.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    175 OWTRAM, RICHARD MICHAEL R M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722863 15.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    176 POTTER, JOSEPH J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722319 15.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    177 SEPHTON, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724075 16.02.1945 MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    178 LYONS, JOHN JOSEPH J J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2717698 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    179 KEEN, ALBERT LEONARD A L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14581944 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    180 LAYDE, REDMOND R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723768 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    181 KENNEDY, DARBY MICHAEL D M MAJOR 3RD BN. 94576 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    182 KELLY, CLIFFORD C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719839 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    183 KANE, JAMES J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2717050 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    184 IFOULD, JOHN ARTHUR J A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724336 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    185 LENNON, JOSEPH J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721106 21.02.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    186 HUBBARD, ERIC RONALD E R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724279 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    187 ASHWORTH, EDWARD E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722895 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    188 BROWN, ARTHUR THOMAS A T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14692029 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    189 BOLAND, MICHAEL PATRICK M P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721083 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    190 BARRY, GERALD G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722072 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    191 ASHTON, JOHN J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721176 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    192 GILMORE, GEORGE G LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2717800 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    193 ALLBUTT, LESLIE LEONARD L L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724407 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    194 MYERS, GORDON G LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722988 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    195 GILES, GILBERT GEORGE G G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724458 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    196 MURRAY, JAMES ALFRED J A LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723538 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    197 FISHER-ROWE, GUY EDWARD G E MAJOR 3RD BN. 102718 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    198 ORMOND, JOHN MICHAEL J M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723438 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    199 PAVEY, ERNEST WALTER E W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14680268 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    200 WILLSHAW, JACK J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722238 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    201 MULCAHY G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724301 21.02.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    202 FOSTER, WILLIAM HENRY W H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722131 21.02.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    203 LYNCH, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723420 21.02.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    204 PENFOLD, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724283 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    205 FOLLIS, ARTHUR JAMES A J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719918 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    206 DOYLE, JAMES AUGUSTINE J A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14436399 21.02.1945 MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    207 VENN, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14669019 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    208 UNSWORTH, THOMAS T LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719613 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    209 SMITH, STANLEY JOHN S J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722871 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    210 PENNINGTON, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720550 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    211 POOK, WALTER EDWARD W E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724202 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    212 STEPHENSON, THOMAS HENRY T H LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 14665889 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    213 TORR, STANLEY JAMES S J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724288 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    214 MORIARTY, ANTHONY A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724801 04.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    215 MOLLARD, COLIN C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723687 04.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    216 BEGLEY, JOSEPH PETER J P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724789 04.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    217 WADE, REGINALD HAROLD R H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724097 05.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    218 DEVINE, ROBERT JAMES R J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724791 05.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    219 BROWN, ARTHUR A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724382 05.03.1945 MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    220 PRIOR, ROY R LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722012 05.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    221 HEWITT, JAMES EDWARD J E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720527 05.03.1945 MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    222 BREEN, THOMAS T SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2716778 30.03.1945 AALTEN (BERKENHOVE) GENERAL CEMETERY
    223 FRANCIS, FREDERICK VICTOR F V LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719797 30.03.1945 AALTEN (BERKENHOVE) GENERAL CEMETERY 224 HARRIGAN, JAMES PATRICK J P SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720971 02.04.1945 ENSCHEDE EASTERN GENERAL CEMETERY
    225 ALBON, MAURICE BRIAN M B GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724774 02.04.1945 ENSCHEDE EASTERN GENERAL CEMETERY
    226 SMITH, ROBERT OLIVER R O LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 13111455 02.04.1945 ENSCHEDE EASTERN GENERAL CEMETERY
    227 ROSSITER, RICHARD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724463 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    228 HARRISON, FREDERICK F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724219 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    229 WELCH, CHARLES MAXIMILIAN C M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724017 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    230 BRIDGE, SIDNEY GEORGE S G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724739 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    231 STACEY, JOHN GRAHAME J G SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2723011 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    232 RUSSELL, BRIAN BEVEN B B LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 278612 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    233 SKINNER, CRAWFORD WEEDING C W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724181 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    234 CARTLEDGE, SAMUEL S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721125 07.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    235 BERESFORD, WILLIAM W WARRANT OFFICER CLASS II (C.S.M.) 3RD BN. 2720827 07.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    236 HOOKER, ERNEST WILLIAM E W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723837 08.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    237 CORKRUM, THOMAS ALBERT T A LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721593 08.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    238 ROBERTS, RAYMOND R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724366 08.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    239 CHARLESWORTH, KENNETH K GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724351 08.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    240 ARKWRIGHT, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720765 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    241 TRICKETT, WILLIAM HENRY W H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720462 09.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    242 JOHNSON, WILLIAM RAYMOND W R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724948 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    243 LLOYD, THOMAS DUDLEY T D GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724306 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    244 PEARCE, WALTER W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721502 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    245 DUDLEY, MICHAEL VICTOR M V MAJOR 3RD BN. 93020 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    246 GAME, THOMAS EDWIN T E LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2724703 12.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    247 RICKETT, ARTHUR ROBERT JACK A R J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723275 13.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    248 O'BRIEN, REGINALD (REGGIE) R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2718553 13.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    249 BOOTH, SIDNEY JAMES S J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720609 20.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    250 GERAHTY, ANTONY A LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 330864 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    251 GLENDINNING, NORMAN WILLIAM N W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721562 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    252 FORD, ROBERT R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2724198 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    253 DOWNEY, RICHARD R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723744 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    254 GREETHAM, GERALD G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724041 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    255 CATLING R W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724872 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    256 OAKHAM, FREDERICK WILLIAM F W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724765 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    257 DAWSON, SYDNEY S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724353 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    258 MCCARTHY, CYRIL C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724535 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    259 CLANCY, RICHARD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724529 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    260 WELLS, WILLIAM HASTE W H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724624 22.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    261 MCANENY, PATRICK P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720423 23.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    262 BUCKLAND, REGINALD EDWARD R E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14581915 27.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    263 MURPHY, PATRICK JOSEPH P J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723579 28.04.1945 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    264 HOGG, WILLIAM HALLAM JOHN W H J LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 269227 29.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    265 MCKEEGAN, LAWRENCE L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719287 29.04.1945 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    266 FEE, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724794 29.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    267 BOWERS, FRED F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721681 01.05.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    268 MARSH, EDWARD CHARLES E C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14784080 02.05.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    269 ROTCHFORD, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722987 03.05.1945 LEIGH CEMETERY
    270 GUEST, RONALD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723501 04.05.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    271 VERNEDE, JOHN GRIFFITH J G LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723535 06.05.1945 OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY
    272 POOLEY, DEREK ARTHUR D A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723861 18.05.1945 LITTLE SHELFORD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD
    273 CLUSKEY, PATRICK P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719556 21.08.1945 COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY
    274 JOHNSTON, STANLEY HERBERT S H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719691 24.10.1945 COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY

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    WAR DIARY
    UNIT - 3RD BATTALION IRISH GUARDS
    COMMANDING OFFICER - LT. COL. J.O.E. VANDELEUR
    MONTH AND YEAR - SEPTEMBER 1944​

    PLACE & DATE & SUMMARY OF EVENTS AND INFORMATION


    August 31 1944 1a QUEUE d’HAYE
    07:30
    The Bn left the conc area at la QUEUE d’HAYE (N.E. of VERNON) and motored all day, covering a distance of 60 miles. We harboured at 21:00 hours near FROISSY. No. 2 Coy went into a farm where Germans had left only that morning.

    September 1 1944 FROISSY to ARRAS
    A long day of movement still as reserve Bde. We travelled 70 miles and reached ARRAS as it was getting dark, to receive a great reception from the inhabitants.

    September 2 N of DOUAI
    The harbour party left ARRAS to recce an area in the vicinity of DOUAI 6907. The Bn arrived and concentrated just NORTH of the town at 16:00 hrs. This had only been a short move of 12 miles.

    September 3 DOUAI to BRUSSELS
    The Bn left DOUAI at 06:00 hrs, our object being BRUSSELS, via ORCHIES by-pass - TOURNAI - ATH - ENGHEIN - HAL. This was a distance of 80 miles but good progress was made once we got on the main road. We had a short and very bumpy trip across country and during this time crossed the BELGIAN frontier. As BELGIUM was entered the reception given us increased in enthusiasm - opposition was being by-passed all the time. For instance, there were several hundred Germans in ENGIENNCE and a battle raging with the MAQUIS as we went through. They could not understand why we did not stop but our orders were to push to BRUSSELS.

    At HAL about 18:00 hours, the C.O. held and O Gp for the entry into BRUSSELS. Our role with the 2nd Bn I.G. was to divert to the SOUTH and so up into BRUSSELS. Light was failing and it was very difficult to find our way through the suburbs, and progress was somewhat impeded by the enthusiasm of the civilians. As we were passing through a wood SOUTH of the city, a Spandau and A Tk gun opened up on the leading tps - an extraordinary contrast to what had been happening a few minutes before. It took a little time to clear up and then on we went again through cheering crowds and finally entered the AUDERGHEM district of the city about midnight. No 1 Coy was sent to take up a position covering one of the Eastern exits of BRUSSELS and No 2 Coy another one, whilst the remainder of the Bn were concentrated at important rd junctions just on the edge of the city.

    There was spasmodic firing throughout the night and No 1 Coy, whose position was just near the Airport (still in enemy hands) came in for a certain amount of mortaring.

    September 4 AUDERGHEM (BRUSSELS)
    The Bn spent a quiet day in a pleasant area, with the exception of the Commanding Officer who staged a private battle near WATERLOO with a pl and a tp of tks who were compelled to withdraw in good order with the loss of one scout car.
    Cas for the day were one OR killed and nine Ors wounded.

    September 5 AUDERGHEM
    Bn moved its posn from the main shopping centre to a chateau belonging to King Leopold, which was kindly placed at our disposal by the local Mayor. The Germans, as always, had left the house in some disorder, but no sooner had we put things straight that Orders Gp was summoned to Bde HQ and were told that the advance would be continued the following day to the line of ALBERT Canal.

    The only cas today was one OR wounded.

    September 6 DIEST
    We left BRUSSELS at 10:00 hrs amid the usual scenes of cheering and enthusiasm and move without incident through LOUVAIN as far as DIEST. 32 Gds Bde Gp was leading the advance with the I.G. Gp in reserve. On reaching the ALBERT Canal the W.G Gp found that all the bridges had been blown and we were compelled to halt whilst a bridge was constructed during the night.

    The only casualty during the day was one OR wounded.

    September 7 BERINGEN
    The Bn took over the Bridge head on the ALBERT Canal from the W.G. Group at noon. The day was an unpleasant one with considerable shelling from enemy S.P. guns which caused several casualties. Capt. W.R.R..S. BRUCE was killed early in the day and Capt.. WHITE and LORD PLUNKETT wounded.

    In the early evening, No 3 Coy (Major M.V. DUDLEY) carried out a sweep in co-operation with a sqn of tks to clear the Germans from a slag heap to the WEST of the town which was dominating the bridge head. The attack met with considerable success but was unable completely to clear the large factory area and had to be content with limited consolidation. Several S.P. guns were knocked out and from this moment, the shelling of the bridge head diminished considerably.

    Total OR cas for the day were 8 killed and 16 wounded.

    September 8 BERINGEN
    The Bn remained in the bridge head until 17:30 hours when the town was handed over to 11 ARMD DIV. In an unfortunate concentration of mortar fire during the morning, Capt. R.B.H. INGLEBY, Capt. G.A. JEFFRIES and Lt. M. AIRD were all wounded ["Lt Aird was peppered with shrapnel wounds"] - so the Bn was getting very short of officers.

    In the evening, the group moved up to HALCHTEREN and reached the town just as darkness was falling. A sqn and coy of the W.G. group were in possession but had been unable to clear up the local German resistance outside the town. We were therefore compelled to do a night clearing which proved eminently satisfactory and the W.G. moved on to join the remainder of their group.

    O.R. cas for the day totalled one killed and 8 wounded.

     
    September 9 HECHTEL
    14:00 hrs
    The Bn left to join the W.G. group in the woods to the EAST of HECHTEL. In the village itself the W.G. had met considerable opposition and towards evening were compelled to withdraw from it altogether. The Bn was ordered to by-pass the village on the following day and push N.W. towards the ESCAUT Canal. With this in view, the Bn harboured the night in the woods ready to move on next morning.
    O.R. cas for the day were 5 killed and 10 wounded.


    September 10 EAST OF HECHTEL
    As is often the case, the 1/50000 scale map bore no resemblance to the ground and after one coy and one sqn had been launched on the chosen axis it was proved that the going was entirely unsuitable to tks. Luckily, No 4 Coy, which had been sent forward for this task pf ground recce were able to disengage from the enemy with very light cas and the Bn group followed up the C.L. of the GREN GDS group who had discovered a bridge by means of which tks could cross the otherwise impassable ground. Having reached the main rd to the ESCAUT Canal, the I.G. group were ordered to hook right and make for the bridge over the ESCAUT at de GROOT BARRIER. During the approach march we met no opposition and civilians and elements of H.C.R infmd us that there were no enemy SOUTH of the Canal. We reached the area of the bridge as light was failing and the Commanding Officer, after a rapid recce, decided to try and rush it. No. 2 Coy and one sqn of tanks were detailed for the job. The tks put down a hail of fire on the area of the bridge itself and succeeded in knocking out several un-armed 88 mm AA/A. Tk guns.

    Lt. STANLEY-CLARKE’s pl. preceded by a tp of tks then rushed the bridge itself and succeeded in reaching the opposite side. The remainder of No. 2 Coy and No. 3 Coy were quickly pushed across to join them and the posn was rapidly consolidated.

    The RE Offr with the Bn succeeded in disconnecting all the charges which were in position to blow the bridge, and the crossing of the ESCAUT had been successfully achieved.

    Total cas for the day were one OR killed and 5 Ors wounded.

    September 11 de GROOT
    At about 09:00 hrs, the posn S.W. of the Bridge was counter-attacked by a mixed group of S.P. guns and inf who were trying to get back across the canal. At one time, one of the S.P. guns was within 100 yds of Bn. HQ but the posn was quickly restored and the enemy driven off with heavy losses.

    During the attack, Capt. E.E. RAWLENCE (M.T. Offr) was unfortunately killed whilst trying to stalk a S.P. gun with a PIAT. The RSM also was evacuated suffering from blast and burns about the face and eyes. The C.O.’s staff car and several other vehicles were wrecked by enemy shell fire.

    The total O.R. cas were three killed and 10 wounded.
     
    September 12 de GROOT
    A quiet day was spent by the Bn in rest and maintenance, and received a visit from the Corps Comd (Lt. Gen. HORROCKS) to congratulate those concerned in the capture of the bridge over the ESCAUT Canal, which had already been christened and signposted “JOE‘s BRIDGE” in honour of the C.O.

    The only cas suffered today was one OR wounded.

    September 13 de GROOT
    The Bn was ordered to move into the Woods N.W. of the bridge head to enlarge it and took up a defensive position in this area during the afternoon.

    September 14 de GROOT
    08:00hrs
    An enemy counter-attack was launched in some strength against the bridge head. A number of the enemy with spandaus and bazookas succeeded in infiltrating into the area held by No 3 Coy on the left, and the whole Bn and the bridge itself were subjected to fairly heavy mortar and shell fire throughout the day. During the evening , although the attack had by then been halted, we were compelled to re-organise to closer dispositions that those we had previously held. At nightfall, the shell and mortar fire intensified and was subsequently proved to be a cover for the enemy’s withdrawal, as there were no signs of them the following morning.
    During the day, Lt. KENNARD and six ORs were killed, 23 ORs wounded and five ORs missing, but on the whole, casualties were lighter than might have been expected as the result of a two Bn co-ordinated attack.
     
    September 15 OVERPELT
    A Bn of the HAMPSHIRE REGT took over our posn during the morning and the Bn moved SOUTH of the Canal to the area of OVERPELT for a short rest and an opportunity to maintain the vehs, which after the long advances of the past few days were badly in need of attention.

    Today’s casualties were one OR wounded and five ORs missing.

    September 16 OVERPELT
    A quiet day in the concentration area.

    It was decided as result of casualties and lack of reinforcements, to re-organise the Bn temporarily on a three coy basis and to this end, Major M.V. DUDLEY and his Coy HQ were for the time being L.O.B. During the evening an O Gp was held at 5 BDE HQ, under whose command the I.G. group now came, and orders were issued for a break-out of the bridge head on the following day and an advance NORTH to the ZUYDER ZEE.

    Today’s casualties were one OR killed and one OR wounded.

    September 17 OVERPELT
    14:00hrs
    The I.G. group was to lead the 5 BDE and effect the initial break-out of the bridge head. We had in support of us, 10 Fd Regts RA, 2 Med Regts RA and one heavy battery RA, and the call on a cab rank of 11 Sqns of TYPHOONS.

    The Bn Group crossed the Div S.L. behind a rolling barrage, but we had not gone far before the leading sqn was halted by enemy battle groups with 88 mm guns and spandaus in the woods which flanked the roads. Progress was then slow, but the Typhoons who made 200 sorties during the afternoon, were able to overcome the enemy opposition, and after taking approx 100 PWs we crossed a small bridge just SOUTH of VALKENSWAARD in the evening and entered the town just as night fell.

    During the day, Lt. RUSSELL was wounded by an enemy sniper, and seven ORs were killed and 18 wounded.

    September 18 VALKENSWAARD
    After a quiet night, we were due to resume the advance early, but were delayed by the inf Bn of 50 DIV which was to take over form us and did not arrive until about 09:00 hrs. However, we got under way again and advanced along the C.L. as far as AALST where again we encountered a nest of A Tk and MG posts in concrete emplacements supported by inf. Unfortunately, owing to bad weather, we were unable to obtain air support but the gunners did good work and at 17:00 hours the enemy decided to withdraw after destroying their weapons, and we were able to have a clear run through EINDHOVEN 4219 to the WILHELMINA Canal. Here we found tps of a U.S. AIRBORNE DIV who were guarding the canal where the Germans had blown the bridge. The Bn group accordingly harboured the night SOUTH of the canal, during which time an excellent bridge was constructed by the REs.

    September 19 SOUTH of ZON 4425
    The GREN GDS Group took over the lead and the advance continued along the axis via ST. OEDENRODE 4232 - UDEN 5342 - GRAVE 6253 - MALDEN 7055. Several bridges along this route had been captured by the paratps and only one diversion having to be made owing to the bridge having been blown by the enemy. On the outskirts of NIJMEGEN 7162 however, it was discovered that the enemy were still in possession of the centre of the town, and the bridges, though intact, had not been captured between the GREN GDS Gp and the enemy and we succeeded in advancing as far as the main POST OFFICE, but not in reaching the river which was protected by well sited forts and emplacements. Accordingly, the Bn group was ordered to harbour in the area of MALDEN 7055 until the situation cleared.
    The only casualty today was one OR killed.

    September 20 MALDEN
    During the day, heavy street fighting again continued in the town and in the afternoon and American Paratp Bde, supported by tks of 2 (Armd) IG were able to effect a daylight crossing of the river WEST of the town. Although they suffered heavy casualties on the water, they were able to make their way to the NORTH end of the rly bridge and support the GREN GDS group who were bale, with this assistance, to capture both the vital bridges intact. As darkness fell, the Bn group moved forward to harbour the night on the NORTH bank of the R. WAAL protecting the road bridge from counter-attack.

    The only casualty today was one OR wounded.

    September 21 NORTH of NIJMEGEN
    The advance was resumed at mid-day, but stiff opposition was encountered soon after leaving the outskirts of the town, which later proved to be thick screens of some 7 x 7.5 cm and 2x 8.8 cm Assault Guns, supported by inf who lined the ditches with spandaus and squeeze guns.
    The I.G. group were again in the lead, but the country was totally unsuitable for the employment of armour as the main road was embanked and the country on either side of it dyked and impassable to tks. Lacking the support of Typhoons, the Bn was unable to advance and was compelled to form a tight laager for the night in its present posn area 702662.

    During the day, LTS. WILSON and GORDON - SHEA were wounded, which left the Bn with only two Pl Comds, and one OR was killed and 17 wounded.

    September 22 NORTH of NIJMEGEN
    It was decided that the axis should now be cleared by elements of 43 DIV and accordingly the Bn group was ordered to remain where it was until this operation was completed. During the day, there was a certain amount of shelling in the Bn area as a result of which, a house in which Bn HQ was situated, was unfortunately burnt to the ground.

    Capt. G.S. CORBETT was wounded by a shell splinter, six ORs were killed, 21 wounded and one missing.

    September 23 NORTH of NIJEMEGEN
    The Bn was still holding their positions on the main road NIJMEGEN - ARNHEM while 43 DIV endeavoured to clear the C.L. There was some air activity towards evening and the bridge over the R. WAAL was subjected to constant shelling and air attack. Behind us, the C.L. had been cut by a German battle group and was making supplies of ammunition and petrol an anxious matter.

    September 24 NORTH of NIJMEGEN
    The C.L. behind us was temporarily cleared of the enemy and Bn. H.Q. moved into the HUIS von OOSTERHOUT 694657 - a very comfortable chateau just WEST of the C.L.

    At last we received some reinforcements - 70 men with Lts. REYNOLDS, GALLOWAY, MORRISEY, and WARNOCK.
    The only casualty today was one OR wounded.

    September 25 NORTH of NIJEMEGEN
    An uneventful day spent in rest and maintenance in the conc. area.

    September 26 NORTH of NIJEMEGEN
    The Bn group was moved into 30 CORPS reserve with the task of counter attacking any enemy threats to the now enlarged bridge head. To this end, the group was divided into 3 columns - one at 1 hr, one at 2 hrs, and one at 4 hrs notice.

    It is expected that we shall not again be committed to action before a bridge head over the R. NEDERIJN has been established and consolidated by 42 DIV.

    September 27 NORTH of NIJEMEGEN
    A day of peace and quiet.
     
    September 28 AAM
    The Bn received orders to move into a defensive posn in the area of AAM 7170 to relieve 1WG. We had one sqn of 2 (Armd) IG tks in support and the take over was completed by 18:00 hrs. During the night, heavy mortar fire fell on No. 4 Coy area and 5ORs were killed and 5 wounded. Otherwise the day was uneventful. Patrols were sent out to recce the ground to the NORTH of the Bn posn but found no enemy.

    We also made contact with 7 GREEN HOWARDS on our Eastern flank.

    September 29 AAM
    Very little happened on the Bde front today and the enemy seemed to have withdrawn slightly from their posns, Patrolling was carried out as on the previous evening and no enemy were found.

    September 30 AAM
    After a peaceful night the morning was spent in laying defensive mine belts and harassing the enemy with mortar and M.G. fire. In the afternoon, Major FITZGERALD (2 i/c) was ordered to recce a new concentration area N.W. of GRAVE 6253.

    6 Offrs and 155 ORs arrived as rfts.

    Patrolling was again carried out during the night and proved to be uneventful.

    Ten ORs were wounded during the day.



    WAR DIARY
    UNIT - 3RD BATTALION IRISH GUARDS
    COMMANDING OFFICER - LT. COL. J.O.E. VANDELEUR
    MONTH AND YEAR - OCTOBER 1944​
    October 1
    AAM
    At about 06:00 hrs, a strong counter attack began to develop from the NE and Eastern flanks. In on place the enemy succeeding in infiltrating into the are held by No. 3 Coy and into a copse NORTH of No. 4 Coy. After hard fighting and a liberal use of arty. sp., the enemy eventually started to crack about 14:00 hrs and by evening the posn was once more stabilized. 91PW were taken by the Bn during the counter attack and came for the most part from 9 Pz Div. During the early hours of darkness, No. 2 Coy relieved No. 1 Coy in the most northerly posn, with their leading elements across the embanked rd running Westwards to ELST at 722717 (Sheet 6 NW, scale 1/25000). Late in the day a Coy of 1WG was sent up to assist us and was placed by the CO NORTH of Bn HQ area at 717723.
    Contact patrols from 4 SOM L.I. who were in the area of ELST, failed to make contact owing to enemy infiltration between themselves and us.
    A recce patrol which investigated the area of RIJKERSWAARD 7272, reported no enemy seen.
    APPENIIX A: Map Series: GS, GS. 2541, Scale: 1/100,000

    October 2
    AAM

    At dawn a counter attack began again in some strength, this time directed from the NORTH on to the area of No. 2 Coy. It consisted of inf, sp by tks and flamethrowers and succeeded in over-running the left hand pl posn. This compelled No.2 Coy to withdraw from their isolated posn to the rd parallel with No. 4 Coy at 719708. Very hy arty sp succeeded time and again in breaking up the enemy inf attacks before they were ever able to get properly under way, and by 12:00 hrs the attack had definitely proved itself a failure and the enemy were withdrawing.
    Another Coy of 1WG was placed under comd during the morning and positioned on the NW flank at 712705. At noon we were informed that 5 Gds Armd Bde was to be relieved by 21 Gds Bde the ensuing night, and shortly afterwards recce parties from 5 COLDM GDS arrived to recce their new area. The hand-over was completed without much difficulty and during the early hrs of darkness, the Bn withdrew to a conc area SOUTH of the NIJMEGEN br at 656556.

    October 3
    NE of GRAVE
    The Bn settled into its conc area and received visits from the Bde Comd and from the Div Comd, to congratulate the Bn for the performance it had put up in the br head.
    In the con area we were to rest, re-fit and train the men who had just arrived, or were expected, as rfts. There was also an op role of counter attack on either the GRAVE or NIJMEGEN bridges in the event of airborne landings.

    October 4
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    APPENDIX F:
    3IG SUMMARY as at 11:00 hrs 4 Oct 44 SECRET to be destroyed within 48hrs of receipt.
    1. Enemy Situation
    In the early hours of this morning the enemy made a small attack down the main Rd towards ELST 7371 but it was a very half-hearted affair and was broken up by shell fire. Four prisoners captured gave the new identification of 11 Bn 156 PGR. Since this rather poor effort the enemy has been quiet the whole day round our bridge head NORTH of the WAAL. Between WAAL & HAAS the enemy has not been aggressive but nevertheless resisted strongly an attack by our American allies to gain commanding features overlooking the FORST REICHWAL. In spite of this resistance the Americans now hold HORST 7745, BRUICK 7753 & probably MIDDEL AAR 7448.
    2. The Corps on our right has also had a quiet day but the American push SE is still meeting strong opposition on the line VORTUN 7837 - OVERLOON 7632 where it is fighting 107 Pz Bde & what soon to be the remnants of battle Gp RIC?. The corps on our left is still clearing up a lot of enemy & reports a withdrawal on its left flank. s‘?OSCH 3246 is still holding out & there is enemy at 4247, but the line is being gradually straightened out. Identifications in this sector have been of remnants of 719, 245, 59 & 712 Inf Divs between TILBURG & s’H?BOSCH, & of Battle Gps of 711 & 346 Divs around TUR?OUT. Further afield the Gdn Army still pushes on & the attack on DUNKIRK is in full swing. Our allies new attack down in the SOUTH is going well and they are reported tonight to have reached BUR?H 3759.
    3. Air
    Oct 2nd produced good results from Air support & apart from destroying the Brs at RI? 5274 & R??NKUN 7773, our fighter-bombers claim several vehicles destroyed & ten damaged, one loco destroyed & ten damaged, twenty tugs destroyed & a hundred damaged, three barges destroyed & three damaged, Railways marshalling yards were straffed as well, & three enemy aircraft shot down for certain with seven probable.

    October 5
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    APPENDIX F:
    3IG SUMMARY as at 23:00 hrs 5 Oct 44 SECRET to be destroyed within 48hrs of receipt.
    1. Enemy Situation
    Defensive build-up has been going on across the ELST ?rry 4678 for some time & it is believed that the enemy has a pontoon bridge in this area, & at 3576, which he puts across at night only. The enemy is known to be preparing a line along the dyke from 3339 to 513700. Today the defensive was turned into the offensive when American troops in OPHEUSDEN 5473 were attacked from the ??ST 957 GR of 363 ? & forced temporarily to withdraw. They soon counter attacked & restored the situation. Upon recapture OPHEUSDEN was found to contain 200 German dead, so that their attack, which was met by hy arty fire, came to nothing.
    On other fronts around NIJMEGEN the has been no enemy activity other than shelling. Patrols of a neighbouring f?m today went into H?L??REN 7664 & the factory 7466 & found no enemy. This is strange since 10 SS Pz Bde were thought to be holding this area. It may be that the enemy is withdrawing his attack forces on the “island” SE of ARNHEM, though there are no indications of this elsewhere yet. A captured map today showed three lines of resistance, first the present line, second 784654 - 787663 - X rds 791675 - factory 794696, third rd junction 806666 - bend in rd 805678 - rd junction 807688.
    The enemy’s line has mustered 200 guns round the corps front from ? MEUSE to NORTH of ARNHEM, incl by fl?k, approx 100 NORTH of the WAAL & 100 SOUTH. This is the heaviest concentration since AL?MEIN. No doubt the enemy’s improve? sup posn in view of his vastly improved rail comms now that he is based on the German railways has enabled him to concentrate these guns here & keep them supplied with amn.
    The American attack NORTH OF AACHEN is going well. They are almost through the SEIGFRIED line on a 5 mile front. In this sector the line runs K6587-8566-8660-8859-8756-8450-excl AACHEN. Further NORTH American armd forces driving SE have reached a line 7330-7835.
    From reports arriving from our tps NORTH & NE of ANTWERP it would appear that the withdrawal started yesterday SOUTH of TILBURG has spread. Westward already we have occupied ?LPHE 0525 & reached a general line 6710 - 5?06 & at several points have lost contact with the enemy. Where this withdrawal will halt is difficult to say, though it may well not be before the line of the canal running NORTH of TILBURG but its importance in helping to free the port of ANTWERP can be scarcely be overestimated. It must also mean that the enemy has completed the evacuation of the remainder of 15 army, that there is nothing new to prevent the establishing of his defence along the much stronger line on the WAAL.
    2. Air
    Tac/R and Armd Recce today has shown the now customary railway activity on all lines leading to the front. Many successful attacks were made and many trucks and engines “brewed.” Trains are being brought to AMHEM, GOGH ?9243, and ?M??RICH was devoted.
    A cut in the railway NE of ARNHEM was made between 28683 and 6784.
    Much ?et activity was observed immediately to the EAST of ARNHEM and a little in area ARNHEM-EMMERICH-DO?TINGH?D? ?0175.
    3. CONCLUSIONS.
    There are signs that the enemy may have decided to cease his attacks on NIJMEGEN from the NE. He has had appalling casualties and achieved nothing, and has probably decided it would be uneconomical to go on trying.
    This afternoon’s attack on OPHEUSDEN 5473 may have been intended as a diversion. At any rate 10 SS Pz Bde ????s, both from the map captured from them (mentioned above) and from the lack of opposition in HALD???? And the factory 7466, to be on the way out presumably across the PANNERDEN ferry. The ??? activity mentioned above EAST of ARNHEM may be connected with a withdrawal 9 Pz and 116 Pz Divs are likely to follow, if parts are not already gone. The AACHEN sector and the Forest of REICHSWALD both require reinforcements, especially the former. In this catse 9 and 10 SS Pz Divs are likely to go back to their old areas N and NE of ARNHEM, and of 9 and 116 Pz Divs, one may return to the American sector and one might got to the REICHSWALD Forest. Meanwhile the front SE of ARNHEM will probably be held by the battle groups that were holding it before the Pz Divs arrived, and through whom the Pz Divs attacked.

    October 6
    NE of GRAVE
    Conc area.

    October 7
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    October 8
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    October 9
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    October 10
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    October 11
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    October 12
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    October 13
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    October 14
    NE of GRAVE

    The Corps Comd (Lt. Gen. HORROCKS) gave a lecture to Offrs, Wos and Sjts in the Div Club at GRAVE. He congratulated the Div on its performance in the battles of the past and explained in detail the course that ops had taken and the reasons which lay behind various moves which we had been compelled to make. Finally, he concluded with a brief forecast of future ops, which now depended entirely on the clearing of the harbour at ANTWERP, which was the only means of obtaining adequate sups for a final thrust into GERMANY itself.

    October 15
    NE of GRAVE

    Conc area.

    October 16
    NE of GRAVE

    Towards evening the Bn received a warning order that it would be required on the morrow to take over the def of the brs over the R. WAAL at NIJMEGEN from 1 DORSETS who were moving up into the br head.

    October 17
    NIJMEGEN

    During the morning, recce of the new area was carried out and the take over was completed by 14:00 hrs. The role was one of static defence and permitted the continuation of trg programmes which had already been started. The day was uneventful except for one light bombing attack on searchlight installations to the EAST of the bridges. During the continuation of this op role the Bn was under comd of 100 AA Bde.

    October 18
    NIJMEGEN

    The Bn was visited in the morning by the 5 Gds Bde and Div Comds who gave a forecast of ops which were to take place, on our Western flank. Otherwise the day was uneventful.

    October 19
    NIJMEGEN

    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences. On 29 October 1944, we were called by the G.O.C., London District, Lt. Gen. LLOYD, Maj. General Commanding Bde of Guards, who had come from ENGLAND to see units of the Gds Armd Div.
    Appx D SECRET 3 I.G. Op Instr No 1 19 Oct 44.
    Ref Map Sheet 6 S.W. 1:25,000

    INFM
    1. General
    This op instr deals with the def of the three brs over R. WAAL at NIJMEGEN. A serious threat to the brs by enemy ground forces or airborne tps is NOT now considered so likely as in the earlier days of the br hd or “ISLAND” between NIJMEGEN and ARNHEM. Water-borne attack or attempted sabotage from the land are now considered the greatest dangers.
    For details regarding all possible types of attack see Appx A.
    2. Tps available and def lay-out
    INTENTION
    4. 3IG and tps under comd (Br Def Force) will destroy any attempt made by the enemy to interfere with the brs.
    METHOD
    4. Tps
    (a) 1 Coy will be responsible for close def of EAST (rd) br, with one pl at NORTH end of br at 714634, one pl at SOUTH end at 717628 and Coy C.P. at 716626. [Insert Dad‘s floating mine story, and J.O.E.s comment here.]
    (b ) 2 Coy in area LENT 7163, with Coy HQ at 713641, will have counter-attack tasks against enemy threatening the northern end of the three brs. Alternatively, coy will be available to reinforce the close def of northern end of these three brs.
    (c) 3 Coy, with under cod sec carrier pl, will be responsible for close def of Pontoon br and Rly br, with one pl at northern end of Pontoon br 711632, one pl at southern end 711630, one pl and one sec carrier pl at both ends of Rly br and Coy C.P. at 705631.
    (d) 4 Coy remains conc with Coy HQ at 727617 with counter-attack tasks against enemy threatening southern end of the three brs. Alternatively coy will be available to reinforce the close def of the southern end of these three brs.
    (e) One sec carrier pl will be in posn at 722623 overlooking and able to cover by fire the flat country to the N.E.
    (f) Carrier pl, less two secs, will be in mob res in area Bn HQ.
    (g) Two dets mortar pl with carrier sec at NORTH end of rly br. Mortar Pl are allotted.
    (h) A tk pl in local res 713615.
    5. Patrols
    (a) A DUKW patrol by night will be found by 1 Coy. By day one DUKW patrol will stand by to go out in the event of fog or in emergency. The area to be patrolled will be R. Wall between the Boom just EAST of EAST br and Pontoon br. R.E. will accompany DUKW to deal with mines or other “infernal machines” which may be met with in the water.
    (b ) Other close patrolling as ordered.
    6. Boom defence
    The Boom across the river just EAST of EAST br forms the main obstacle to any water-borne effort ot reach the brs. This obstacle will be covered by fire, and sentries will particularly watch for attempts to dislodge it or interfere with it. By night, the Boom will be illuminated.
    7. Def Lighting
    (a) Apart from AA SLs, Lyon lights will be in posn at each end of the Boom to illuminate this obstacle throughout the hrs of darkness.
    (b ) Pls def each end of the brs will have 2” mortars and bombs illuminating, available to be fired to supplement or replace SLs in emergency.
    ADM
    8. Med
    (a) Amb car post est at 712622 with task of collecting cas caused by shelling of brs.
    [Admt No 1 to 3 IG Op Instr No 1
    Ref par 8 - Med sub-para (a). For ‘712622’ substitute ‘(i)716624 contacted through Pro TCP (ii) 707622 (on roundabout) contacted through Pro.’
    (sgd) JN Findlay, Capt Adjt 3 IG]
    (b ) RAP at 726617.
    9. Pro
    Det Corps Pro, assisted by FS sec and Free Dutch Police, are responsible for control of br area and prevention of unauthorised persons using approaches to and from brs.
    10. Adm
    Adm of NIJMEGEN is responsibility of:-
    Unit
    10 Garrison HQ
    Comd
    Col. C.H. MONTAGUE
    Location
    694624
    Signboard designation still 10 GARRISON HQ this to be later changed to figures 899 on a black background with a diagonal white stripe. Shellreps, bombreps, (incl damage and cas) and any incidents to be reported to this HQ as well as 100 A.A. Bde.
    INTERCOMN
    11. Eng? HQ 726617
    INTERCOMN
    12. ACK.
    Time of Signature: 18:00 hrs.
    Method of Despatch: DRLS.
    Distribution: List A, plus
    Copy to No 23 - 128 A Tk Bty
    Copy to No 24 - 368 Lt AA Bty
    Copy to No 25 - 356 SL Bty
    Copy to No 26 - 11 AGRE
    Copy to No 27 - APM 30 Corps
    Copy to No 28 - 10 Garrison HQ
    Copy to No 29 - Lt. Col SLATER
    Copy to No 30 - Capt. J.A.D. CAMPBELL
    Copy to No 31 - HQ 100 AA Bde.
    Copy to No 32 - HW 231 Inf Bde.
    Appx A to 3 IG Op Instr No.1 SECRET
    Type of attack enemy may launch
    (a) River Borne
    Either by midget submarines - human torpedoes - floating mines - boats manned by enemy or collaborators with explosives. Barrels or casks filled with explosives. E Boats or possibly larger craft. RIVER BORNE IS THE MOST LIKELY TYPE OF ATTACK TO BE MET.
    (b ) Saboteur attack
    From land by infiltrating civilians or soldiers onto the Br approaches - setting up delayed action mines or tampering with the br approaches.
    (c) Airborne
    PARACHUTE or GLIDER attack - probable areas on flat open ground WEST and EAST or Rd and Rly br.
    (d) Breakthrough
    From NORTH or either flank.
    (e) In addition to the above, spasmodic shelling of a harassing nature must be at present accepted.

    Appx B to 3 IG Op Instr No.1SECRET
    1. Order of Battle for Br Def Tps - NIJMEGEN
    Unit Comd Location
    (a)
    100 AA Bde Brig E.N. CROSS, MC. 699609
    3 IG Lt. Col. J.O.E. VANDALEUR 725617
    Br Def Comd.
    (b )
    Tps under comd 3 IG for def of brs:-
    C.R.A. Lt-Col. SLATER
    128/86 A tk Bty. Maj SWEET
    O i/c Eastern Defs Capt COOK
    O i/c Western Defs Capt STROUD
    O i/c Br Lighting Maj TAYLOR
    (356 S/L Bty) (3 S/L Bty)
    536 Gen Tpt Coy Maj HURMAN
    RASC
    368 LAA Bty 3” Mortars Maj JOBLING
    (c)
    Tps in Sp
    810 Pnr Smoke Coy Maj CHITTENDEN
    8 (GHQ Tps) Bn R.E. Lt-Col ADAMI
    108 Provost Coy Lt BRENNAN
    F.S.O. Capt COLE
    2. Organisation of Defences
    (a) Defs fall under three main headings:-
    (i) OTHER PERIMETER
    Composition of Tps: Unit
    WEST Def.) Two 3.7” Guns each 107 HAA Regt RA
    Each three Befors 113 LAA Regt RA
    EAST Def. ) Two S/Ls 350 Ind SL Bty
    One A tk tp 128/86 A Tk Bty RA
    Plus six 3” Mortars at 71964 368/113 LAA Bty RA
    (ii) INNER DEFENCES
    Composition of Tps
    (a) Rd Br )
    (b ) Boat Br ) See para 4 of 3 IG
    (c) Ry Br ) Op Instr No 1
    (d) DUKW Patrol )
    (iii) LOCAL RES
    (i) WEST DEF Area: 704644 Task: To prevent E Boats, human torpedoes or any enemy craft approaching upstream from the WEST in the direction of the Ry Br.
    (ii) EAST DEF: Area: 723645 Task: As for (a) above but to prevent enemy approaching DOWNSTREAM from the EAST.
    (iii) INNER DEF See Para 4 of Op Instr No. 1
    (iv) Local Res. See Para 4 of Op Instr No. 1

    October 20
    NIJMEGEN

    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences. On 29 October 1944, we were called by the G.O.C., London District, Lt. Gen. LLOYD, Maj. General Commanding Bde of Guards, who had come from ENGLAND to see units of the Gds Armd Div.

    APPENDIX F
    3IG S? as at 23:00 hrs 20 October 1944. (To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt)
    The only activity on our front during the last 24 hrs was in the TIEL area where a small party of enemy tried to cross the river last night, but those were easily disposed of and since then everything has been quiet.
    No new progress is reported from the VENRAIJ area. Since the start of the advance (Oct 12) this Corps took 1100 PW incl 18 Offrs from 180 Div and 6765 PW incl 15 Offrs from Div WALTHER. Considering today’s average str of German Inf Divs, this represents nearly half of their effective inf strength. Only the fact that they fight nearly on the frontier of their Fatherland, and that they have fairly well prepared defence lines to fall back to explains why this defeat did not turn into a rout. The enemy there is yielding only to strong pressure, falling back from one prepared posn to the next.
    Further SOUTH our Allies today nearly finished mopping up in AACHEN and only one pocket in the Western suburbs of the town is holding out. Morale of Pws taken on this front is very low and the few counter attacks with which the enemy tried to stem our Allies’ advance were spiritless and easily beaten back.
    The attack along the ANTWERP-BREDA rd mad good progress today and reached the line 7517-8317 and it seems that enemy opposition is getting weaker.
    Further to the SW the line 105175-100120-175085 was reached and 3000 PW have been taken since the beginning of this operation. The enemy’s bridge head there is shrinking and it is thought that it now only contains about 4000 men, mainly from 64 Inf Div, supported by paratp elements and coastal artillery.

    October 21
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    3IG Int Summary Up to 23:00 hrs 21 Oct 44 To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    Very little activity has been reported during the last 24 hrs on the whole of the Second Army front. Thanks to a deserter from 2 Coy 1V Bn 21 SS PGR, who not only talked freely but was also intelligent, [!!] the enemy Order of Battle on the Eastern part of the ‘island’ has been nicely tied up as follows:-
    41 Fortress ?G Bn from the PANNERDENSCH Canal to the rd and rly crossing on the 735 Northing; then 37 Fortress MG Bn to 7?5720, followed by 1 Bn 21 SS PGR to 725705 ? 11 Bn 21 SS PGR to 745690 followed by iv Bn 21 ?? ?? TO 759673 and III Bn 21 SS PGR from there down to the river.
    On the ? part of the ‘island’ our Allies sent some patrols from DODEWARD and it took them some time to contact the enemy. Area 529701 is held in coy str and some skirmishing is going on there. Further NORTH it is noticed that the enemy withdrew and it is appreciated that he went back to the general line OCHTEN-KESTEREN to shorten his line.
    A captured map shows HQ84 Div at 89205770 and HQ 190 Div at 87334652. Corps bdy was given to the NORTH as R. WAAL excl and in the SOUTH rly line from GCHQ to the MEUSE, inter-div bdys being along the 542 Northing. Both Dive Hqs were taken as Typhoon targets.
    The last enemy pockets in AACHEN have been cleared up.
    Two of our neighbouring frms last night picked up several Dutch enemy agents. They all had similar stories to tell. Before this mission they were all in German service uniform but got civilian clothes for the job. They were trained in sabotage and unit recognition. One group was carrying a large quantity of explosive and their task was to make a dump for the use of German soldiers who would follow shortly in civilian clothes. Another party got orders to damage a small but important bridge, while a third party was to look out for and report on unit signs. All were briefed by German Offrs before being sent into our lines. Their instrs were also to get in touch with local civilians and get infm from them about movements.
    BLA, 22 Oct 44 TM

    Appx J
    Subject: - Security Controls
    OCs.
    All Coys.
    1. The rules for the passage of civilians over the major bridges in 30 Corps area are as set below.
    2. Civilians will NOT be allowed, under any circumstances, to cross any of the bridges over the following rives during the hours of darkness: WAAL, MAAS, MASS-WAAL Canal.
    Darkness will be defined as the time during which it is impossible to see one end of the bridge from the other end.
    3. Civilians will NOT be allowed at any time to cross the rivers MAAS and WAAL by equipment bridges.
    4. Civilians will be allowed to cross the NIJMEGEN road bridge, any of the bridges over the MAAS- WAAL Canal and GRAVE Road bridge during the hours of daylight provided that they carry one of the necessary passes as set out below:
    5. PASSES
    NIJMEGEN BRIDGE
    (a) For civilians resident SOUTH of River WAAL
    No civilian may pass over the NIJMEGEN bridge without one of the following passes:
    (i) A pass issued by HQ 10 Garrison bearing the 10 Garrison stamp and signed by an officer of that HQ. This implies that the bearer has been checked by the CA[?] and FS.
    (ii) A pass originated by ?SI of 12 or 30 Corps superimposed with the stamp of 10 Garrison and counter-signed as in sub-para (i).
    (iii) A permanent pass issued by the ??S 30 Corps and signed by him personally. Only six of these have been issued and a further issue is unlikely.
    (b ) For civilians resident NORTH of the River WAAL.
    The only valid pass is an official form signed by CA and FS and entitled ‘Exemption from security restricted.’
    BRIDGES OVER MASS - WAAL CANAL
    (a) Out of NIJMEGEN
    A pass originated by the Burgomaster NIJMEGEN and countersigned by CA and FS.
    (b ) Into NIJMEGEN
    A pass originated by Burgomaster of the civi concerned and countersigned by CA.
    GRAVE ROAD BRIDGE
    No pass required.
    6. SECURITY CHECK.
    (a) NIJMEGEN BRIDGE.
    Passes are checked by 30 Corps Pro assisted by Dutch Resistance personnel (OD) who are frequently contacted by FS personnel.
    (b ) Bridges over MAAS - WAAL Canal.
    On Bridge 10 (67268?4) Dutch Resistance personnel (OD) and Dutch Police are on duty and right to check passes.
    These police are controlled by FS personnel.
    The remaining bridges over the MAAS - WAAL Canal are manned day and night by OD under the supervision of FS.
    Civilian passes are checked by these personnel.
    (c) GRAVE Bridge.
    Corps Pro assisted by OD carry out identity and baggage check of civilians crossing the bridge and ensure that there is no loitering.
    7. Organised CA convoys of civilians evacuated from the Island are allowed to cross any bridge en route to CA Transit Centres. Passes for individual members of such parties are not required and Pro or Dutch Resistance personnel merely check that the convoy is a properly organised one and under military control.
    BLA, 21 Oct 44, TM
    (sd) ER Udal, Capt., IO, 3 IG

    October 22
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    SECRET 3IG Int Summary up to 23:00 hrs 22 Oct 44 To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    OPERATIONS - AACHEN SECTOR [This copy is extremely faint in places and is difficult to follow the text.]
    A US Inf Div reports that on 17 and 18 Oct 5000 rds of arty and mortar fire fell in their area and 460 PWs were taken. A disabled Sherman NE of AACHEN managed to knock out 2 Panthers. Enemy counter-attacks slackened off, there was considerable loss enemy move in the V??????????IS?-STO????G area and it is thought that 3 Pz Gren Div which hads received several bloody noses may be pulling out. Dogs? use by German units as messengers have been observed swanning about making good use of cover.
    PW were taken in the Northern outskirts from Battle grp ?IN? which represented the remains of 1 SS PGR 1 SS Pz Div. All the ???, having been told that SS PWs were shot, had torn off their SS emblems. An Offr PW from 394 Assault Gun Bde alleged that he was tired of the regime and wished to help the Allies; as his independent mobile unit had been committed in many different parts of the front, he was able to pinpoint ten HQs incl that of a corps. He stated that HQ Army Grp W ST ?? IN ??D ??S EAST OF COBLENZ.
    28 PWs from 116 Pz Div were captured on 14 Oct at ???S ??N. All PW were united on two issues; their disgust with the war and admiration of Gen SCHW?R??. They claim that they would go through fire and water for Gen. SCH??? Because the Gen. is a man who respects soldiers’ lives and does not sacrifice them in vain like other German Generals do.
    Competitors in the Liberation Stakes will be interested in the infm of a refuge from COLOGNE who states “much destruction has been achieved by our air raids. However, most was done to the INNENSTADT (city centre) where no important mil objectives are located. Many historic and artistic areas are destroyed. The Cathedral has been hit. All larger factories are on the outskirts of COLOGNE. These have not been hit only the chemical works at COLOGNE-KAL were slightly damaged. The fact that the FORD works at COLOGNE-RI??L were not hit at all, not even attacked, aroused some comment among the people who thought that British and US investments had something to do with it. Damage to the railrds up to the time of informant‘s leaving was negligible. Trains never stopped actually running, and at the most they had to use detours for 4-5 days only. Street cars were running but not as frequently as before. During the summer the well known pleasure steamers were still running up and down the RHINE, but they had only a few passengers, since one of them had been attacked by two US fighter planes in May.
    Food was rationed, but people were for the most part always able to get what they were entitle to according to their ration books. Sometimes some items would come in late, but they always came. Subject did not know of any food stores that might have been se? up for a possible siege. If they existed, they were kept so secret that nobody knew about them.”
    A captured enemy document states that the Americans are expected to make a main effort between JULICH F 06 and DUR?N F15. This infm, the doc states, is confirmed. Photo interpretation reveals considerable enemy activity, digging of posns, emplacements, etc between JULICH and DUREN, especially EAST of the R ROER. The 353 Inf Staff is reported to have withdrawn from the line leaving 275 Inf Div in charge of the various units, on this zone of US Inf Div sector. Previous docs show that 353 Inf Div Staff was in charge of def org of the SIEGRIED LINE. It is poss, then, that 353 Inf Div Staff in org the R. ROER as a now def line for the tps mentioned under ??? and those now in line.
    The gen line reached by 1 US Army runs approx MAAS????CHT 7185 - ROOST???? 6678 - BR??R?H 7871 - BRIGDEN 8168 - all incl FR?L?N??RG 8562 - BEGGENDORF 8959 - BA?SW?ILER 9057 - OIDT??IL?R 9156 - SCHAUF?N??RG 9054 - ?UCHEN 8950 - WURS?LEN 8748 - V??L?UT ???IDE 8945 - 9143 -9643 - 9741 - 0042 - -434 - 9928 - 9617 - 0206. Of this sector the vital portion stretches from FR?L?N??RG to 9643 because here the SIEGFRIED Line has been broken clean through and the ground is suitable for further exploitation. Further SOUTH the line continues to be penetrated fro some distance but a glance at the map will show that the terrain is not suitable for armd fighting.
    It is interesting to trace the enemy’s reaction to this potent threat aimed directly at COLOGNE and DUESSELDORF. The Northern US Corps penetrated the SIEGFRIED Line to a depth of approx 4 miles on a ten mile front while the earlier ghrust from the Southern Corps, while itself in less dangerous country, was calculated to double that throat if the two could be linked up. It was for this reason rather than because of urgent danger to AACHEN that all the available enemy res have come rushing to this sector like wasps to a jam-pot.
    The attack by Northern Corps was made on 2 Oct. The following day counter-attacks were made by local res of 49 and 103 Divs who were holding the sector, all being under bn str. Within the next three days all the local res were called in and two attacks in approx two bn str were made one by 49 Div and the other by 246 Div which had been brought up from AACHEN for the purpose. On the fifth and sixth days, elements of the 12 Div arrived from SOUTH of AACHEN and Mob Regt von FRITSCHEN from LUXEMBOURG. Two days later 108 Pz Div turned up from the F???ST REICHSWALD, followed in quick succession by 116 Pz Div form ARNHEM, 506 Hy Tk Bn, elts of 1 SS Pz Div from the interior of GERMANY and of 2 Pz Div from NORTH HOLLAND. The last arrival so far has been 3 Pz Gren Div which came all the way from SOUTH of TRIER.
    In other words the enemy has produced virtually all the available res even at the risk of dangerously weakening the other sectors of the front. In the last case he has even transferred a div from Army Gp G to Army Gp B, 3 Pz Gren Div being one of these which until recently was helping to deal with the thrust of US 6 Army Gp EAST of NANCY. One of the most curious features is the way in which each res is committed piecemeal on arrival and no attempt at co-ordination seems to be made. The earlier attacks were all made on the Northern pincer, while the last two, both by 3 PG Div were made on the Southern pincer. They would obviously have had so much more chance of success if they had come in together, particularly as the distance was such as to allow the arty of each corps to be used in sp of the other. This symptom noted in this sector by our allies, is precisely what we had so much reason to comment on in the enemy counter attacks on our own NIJMEGEN br head. It runs counter to all normal German doctrine, and is probably due to two causes.
    In the first place, the battle is runs so increasingly by Nazis who act largely on political rather than on military considerations, while in the second the wastage in senior offrs has been so severe that efficient staff work on any level higher than regtl is almost impossible to achieve. Whatever the cause we can ask for nothing better than the continual opportunity which the enemy seems to afford us of defeating each successive counter- attack in detail on arrival.
    The Americans experienced the same difficulty as ourselves in identifying the tk units in contact with them. All the latter attacks have been sp by either tks or SP guns, and a large number have been claimed as knocked out but although PANTHERS and other types are known to have been engaged, the only unit so far satisfactorily identified is 506 Hy Tk Bn of TIGERS. Again, as has been our experience, only a few have ever been used together and though 116 Pz Div is now reported to have 60-70 t?? and some 50, thought to be there, were reported in G?IL???????????N area a few days ago, nothing approaching this number have ever been committed at the same time.
    Another interesting point is that the Americans report as we found on the ‘island’ who [when?] we consider how near we now are to their main sources of supply in the RUHR. They have also experienced some of the same curious rockets of which we have heard in our own area recently, but they report that apart from a great deal of noise, they are surprisingly ineffective.
    OPERATIONS - 22 Oct 44
    As no activity is reported from our Corps front today, most of our news comes form civ sources. It seems that about a bn of SS and Wehrmacht tps are in the area [G]??NT 7865 - 7866 with about 10 tks, and a SS HQ is at 795676. According to a PW statement, there are some SS and Herman Goering tps in the ?LD?N area, also with a few tks. It seems, therefore, that a sqn, probably from 10 SS Tk Regt has been att to these units kept in res to sp the in the event of a counter-attack. Further to the ??ST, civ reports small ??rts going du? at 200 yard intervals along the NORTH bank of the WAAL from OCHTEN to TIEL an that all civs in this area are evacuated. The orchard at 529702 was being used as an arty OP but this was soon stopped by our ?? And Fd arty. ??HTEN itself is strongly held and the rd leading to it is mined from 543696 on. A minefd is reported in area 5470.
    Further SOUTH the adv against s’HERTOGENBOSCH made some progress against opposition and extensive minefds and line from 3755 along the rd to 3859 - 3943 and then SW to 375402 was reached and 400 PW taken. The main opposition of came from 712 Inf Div as expected - 745 Gp holding NORTH of the main rd. has of ANTWERP progress has slowed down and opposition stiffened. Fwd elts crossed the BELGIAN frontier.
    BLA, 25 Oct 44, TM

    October 23
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    3IG Int Summary up to 23:00 hrs 23 Oct 44. To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    Today was again very quiet on our Corps front. 957 GR and 958 GR were both identified again in the Western part of the ‘island’ and patrols report the OCHTEN - KESTEREN area very heavily mined. This shows that the enemy has given up the idea of attacking from this side and is concentrating on defensive activity.
    The Corps attacking around s’HERTOGENBOSCH made very good progress today although they had a very difficult time dealing with mines and boggy ground. The line 3549 - 3948 - 3540 was reached and some of our tps are only about 2,500 yds from s’HERTOGENBOSCH. Most of today’s prisoners came from 745 GR whose commander was also captured. 481 Regt from 256 Volksgrenadier Div was also identified in today’s advance and it must be assumed that the whole of the div is now in this area.
    The presence of this div does not mean that the enemy has decided that SW HOLLAND is so vital to him that it must be defended at all costs. It probably means that he wants to delay us as long as possible, and when strongly pushed, to make a fighting withdrawal across the RHINE. To prolong this resistance available resources were and might well be in the near future brought down to slow down our advance.
    331 Div which is reported to be in the ROTTERDAM area might easily come down to help the battered 712 Div, or alternatively one of the Gotterdammerung Divs may be produced for this purpose.
    Resistance SOUTH of ROOSENDAAL was very stiff and our Allies report only little progress.
    BLA,
    24 Oct 44,
    TM



    October 24
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    3IG Int Summary up to 2359 hrs 24 Oct 44 To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    The has been very little activity today on the REICHSWALD front, though last night enemy arty fired a considerable number of rds at the NIJMEGEN Br. An Allied patrol produced the identification at 777587 of 3 Coy 9 Para Regt but from prisoner’s statements it appears that personnel of this regt. Are functioning as part of a Battle Group WOLF, worth one weak Bn. To the left of this unit PW stated there is a Flak Coy known as FF2, and to the left of this, some part of 15 Para Regt, functioning as another Battle Group. PW stressed that these units had been in the area since 19 Sep and that their Battle Groups had no relation with their original fmns.
    On the ‘Island’ II/958 GR was identified along the dyke at 585700 and 959 GR was stated by PW to be NORTH of this. An Offr PW last night said that the HQ of 363 Div was in ?? 5885 on 20 Oct. On the Eastern half of the ‘island’ reliable reports say that there are res probably of bn str each in G?NT 7865, HUISS?N 7672 and ?LD?N 7375, but there have been no new identifications on this sector. Civ reports from NORTH of the N?D?RRIJN said that a Div with the fmn sign of two hobby horses have crossed, has been identified along the IJSSEL by its Div Arty in ?72 and its Div Cyclist Bn area Z9122 (it is thought poss that this may be 216 Div). Civs also report an armd colm in B???KOM 5879 and this is probably a counter-attack force held in case we attempt to break through NORTH of the N?D??RIJN. PzKp Hummel, once identified on the ‘island’ is now in the area 0075.
    In the SOUTH, the Americans around AACHEN have nothing to report, nor has the British Corps on our right. But the Corps attacking on our left has captured s’HERTOGENBOSCH and has tps all down the line from 3148 to 3125. The br at s’HERTOGENBOSCH was captured intact, but went up in smoke a short while afterwards. The enemy’s intention in this area is quite definitely to get out as quickly as possible, and this he is trying to do over the crossing at 2152. Two of our ?ed guns were sniping the br at ZALT?O???L 2960 today and caused the enemy to remove the charges in case we blew it up. Much traffic has been crossing this br going NORTH an there are persistent reports of digging along the Northern bank of the R. MAAS. Identifications in this area have been 712 Div EAST of s’HERTOGENBOSCH with any scraps it had been able to collect under its comd. SE and SOUTH of this was a Paratp BG of about four weak bns, while in BO???L 3235 was 1035 GR of 59 Div. As a corollary to the identification of 476 GR of 256 Volksgrenadier Div, ?? I Bn of 481 GR of the same Div was identified today in s’HERTOGENBOSCH and II Bn in OIRSCHOTT 3135.
    The Cdn attack has also going well today. The br hd SOUTH of the SCH?LDT is now compressed into the area 0717 - 0110 - 0008 - 9006. 4000 men of 64 Div are still fighting ferociously and show no signs of giving up. Another Cdn attack has penetrated the WALCH?R?N neck Westwards to the 54 ?asting and the line of the front here is now 6022 - 7025 - 7725 - 8019 - 9016 - 0016. Identification here are of 70, 85 and 346 Divs in the neck and of 245 Div, which attacked down the main rd from BREDA to ANTWERP. This unfortunate fmn had only just been pulled out of the line from SOUTH of TILBURG and found itself attacking today, having had no rest at all.
    Tonight at 17:00 hrs a “ghost ship” in the shape of a torpedo about 15 ft long was soon on the river at 437682. It first went downstream and then turned and went upstream into a small harbour at 433684. There is no explanation of this activity as yet, but our guns are being attentive to its harbour area tonight.
    BLA
    25 Oct 44
    TM

    October 25
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    3IG Int Summary up to 23:00 hrs 25 Oct 44 To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    OPERATIONS
    Civs report this evening that Germans are retreating NORTH across the SALTBOMMEL br in disorder, some without their weapons. There is no doubt that the enemy has allowed the Eastern flank of Fifteenth Army front to be dangerously weakened at the expense of holding the Cdns pushing NORTH from ANTWERP, and that with some units at any rate (esp 712 Div) the retreat has become disorganised. There are unconfirmed reports of 5 - 6 trucks each containing 20 men going today from TIEL 4267 to GELDERMALSEN 3167. An atttempt by our tps to push WEST between the MAAS an WAAL at 3758 found the rd cratered but NO enemy.
    There are, however, still pockets of enemy holding out. Mopping up continues in the Western part of s’HERTOGENBOSCH whilst further SOUTH there are still enemy holding out on the main rd SOUTH of VUGHT at 324? and VUGHT itself has not yet been reported clear. This, combined with the very bad going, mines and some 88 mms, has held up the adv of our armour SOUTH of s’HERTOGENBOSCH. BOXTEL and OIRSCHOT 3125 fell yesterday, when, in all, our tps took 1600 PW.
    In the TILBURG area, recce reports the br at ?83? Intact, and civs state there are no enemy in TILBURG itself, though this has not yet been confirmed by our won tps. The enemy some days ago destroyed all the rly installations at TILBURG, repair shops etc, and it is likely that the enemy will retire to the NORTH of the WILHELMINA Canal.
    It will be recalled that 712 Div suffered very severe losses at H??SCH 4851 towards the end of last month, and even with a Par BG B??G to help them, have collapsed when faced with an attack at s’HERTOGENBOSCH. B?rth [Both] 1034 and 1035 Grs of 59 Div between s’HERTOGENBOSCH and TILBURG are very much depleted, and no doubt 236 Div newly arrived, has found the task of providing a Bn (I/481 GR) for s’HERTOGENBOSCH and defending TILBURG too much, and it may be that this div has withdrawn N of TILBURG.
    On the REICHSWALD front the only news today is of the identification by PW of 3 Coy 3 Para Eng Bn at 76860? PW did not know if he belonged to BG WOLFF or not. ? Bn 9 Para Regt was identified at WYL?R yesterday, belonging to BG WOLFF. This is therefore the second unit of 3 Para Div to be identified on 84 Div’s sector. Further SOUTH 4 Coy 469 Trg Bn has been identified at HORST 790538 which is straightforward, since this bn belongs to 1?0 Div.
    There is no news today from the Cdns or from AACHEN.
    AIR
    500 Lancasters attacked ESSEN today.
    IN THE LARGER PICTURE
    The past week has not seen much change in the enemy’s dispositions. He had three main considerations. First to seal off the American’s penetration at AACHEN; second, to deny us the use of ANTWERP as long as poss; third, to stop andy American adv WEST of NANCY, as well as further SOUTH towards the B?L?FORT Gap. These three sectors, and METZ, have been the scenes of fighting during the past week. Elsewhere the enemy is relatively thin on the ground.
    BLA
    26 Oct 44
    (sd) ER Udal Capt., IO, 3 IG

    October 26
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    3IG Int Summary up to 23:00 hrs 26 Oct 44. To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    Today’s activity on the Corps front has once again been very little. Identifications in the REICHSWALD by patrolling have been 10 Coy 5 Para Regt at 7857 and 3 Coy 3 Para Engr Bn at 7760. Neither of these identifications have yet been tied up with the presence of their parent fmns in the area. On the ‘Island’ to the EAST, 3 Coy 21 SS PGR was identified at 7369 and down the rd from the NORTH there has been such a definite increase of MG fire and patrolling that it would seem that the enemy tps here have been reinforced during the last few days. The Corps on our left has continued its advance today and this evening had reached the old fort in s’HERTOGENBOSCH and its drive from VUGHT 3243 had gone due EAST as far as 2038 (UDENHOUT). The opposition here has been 712 Div, worth 2 Bns, Para tp battle groups worth another two bns and I/481 GR. In VUGHT II/476 was encountered and also II/957 GR with 363 Engr Bn and 1409 MG Bn, all three of which were, until a few days ago, on the Western flank of the ‘Island’ around KESTEREN 5273. The removal of these units must have left the enemy forces on this Western flank extremely weak. Our tps tonight are still about a mile short of TILBURG. Here 59 Div, worth about four bns, and paratp groups worth two bns, are holding us up, together with the four bns of 256 Div which arrived in this area quite recently and were thrust into the line rather prematurely.
    Away to the WEST the Cdns today took the initiative into their own hands and attacked NORTH across the SCHELDT in the area 2819 - 3219. This now landing is reported to be going quite well. Along the WA?CHEREN neck they have advanced up to the 49 Easting.
    From the Corps on our right and from the AACHEN sector there is nothing to report.
    BLA, 27 Oct 44, (sd) ER Udal Capt., I.O., 3 I.G.

    October 27
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    3IG Int Summary up to 23:00 hrs 27 Oct 44. To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    OPERATIONS
    This morning the enemy attacked from the V?NLO direction. He made four thrusts, at HEL?NAV??N 7412, at m?ij?l 7106 (200 inf) and at 6101. The latter was really a demonstration by men of Para Lehr Regt H?ARMANN. The enemy made an initial penetration into M?IJ?L and was thrown out again. Four Tigers penetrated to 6913 and one was KOed. The Americans report all attacks satisfactorily held. The fmn making these attacks in 9 Px Div, helped by some of Par Div ERDMANN. The imprssion gained is that these attacks were meant to be on an impressive scale but that they came to nothing. PW state that they had limited objectives. Further NORTH the enemy have flooded the EAST bank of the MAAS between the 29 and 42 Northings up to a mile in depth.
    To the WEST, our tps entered the SE of TILBURG today and found the flags out. Civs state the Germans have withdrawn. Further NORTH our armour has reached the bend in the canal at 18:45. S’HARTOGENBOSCH itself has been cleared.
    It is clear from this that the enemy’s resistance on the Eastern flank of Fifteenth Army is crumbling (712, 59 and 256 Divs with two para battle gps and the 363 Div Gp, worth in all about fifteen bns, proving inadequate); first the battle GP of 363 Div was sent to stop the rot; now civs report that on 26 Oct 20 lorries containing FRUNDSB?RG (10 SS) tps from V??N?NDAAL 5183 crossed the ELST 4677 ferry, presumably to reinforce this front.
    On the Cdn front as well the enemy is going back. Our armour has today ??t the TILBURG - BREDA rd from the SOUTH at 06:35. On the ??V??AND isthmus our tps pushing EAST have reached the 41 Easting. The Scotsmen who landed yesterday at D2819 and 3219 have made slight progress today against considerable opposition. It is now estimated that the enemy has up to 10,000 men on ??VEL?ND. Some of 64 Div from the rapidly dwindling BR???ENS pocket have been ferried across the SCHELDT estuary to reinforce 70 Div and it is estimated that not more than 1000 men are now left in the BR?S???S pocket.
    It is reported that the enemy have quit ?ALCH??EN owing to the flooding.
    BLA, 28 Oct 44, (sd) ER Udal Capt., I.O., 3 I.G.
    Dated 27 Oct 1944
    SECRET
    Subject: - German Stay-behind Pigeon Services
    OCs All Coys.
    Reports have been received that the enemy is running an organised network of stay behind pigeon services in liberated countries, and captured agents have stated that pigeon agents are twice as numerous as W/T agents.
    The lofts are of two kinds: -
    (1) Small clandestine lofts from which birds would be despatched with information to central lofts beyond our lines.
    (2) Central lofts where this information would be relayed by W/T and which could organise supplies of birds to agents. Central lofts are known to exist at COLOGNE, FLUSHING, BERG (in the island of TRIEL) and possibly at PARIS and BRUSSELS which may still be operating from underground.
    Apart from their own birds the Germans have commandeered French, Belgian and Dutch pigeons. The German birds carry rings of the following types:-
    (a) WBNI plus number (WBNI standing for WEHRMACHT BRIEFTAUBE NEIDERLAND)
    (b ) WBB0 plus an number (WBB0 standing for WEHRMACHT BRIEFTAUBE BELGIEN)
    The majority of the German birds also carry on their rings the word WEHRMACHT or WEHRMACHT BRIEFTAUBE. The ring numbers of the commandeered birds would be of the following types:-
    (a) HOLLAND-BELG-FRANCE 41 053917
    (b ) HOLLAND-BELG-FRANCE 40 336810
    (c) HOLLAND-BELG-FRANCE 42 342180
    Units should be warned of the German use of pigeons for espionage purpose. Apart from the agents, the birds themselves are of value and should be seized, together with any message, forms, and message containers.
    Should any pigeon agents be captured, this HQ should be informed immediately through the normal channels.
    BLA, 27 Oct 44, TM.
    Copy to 2 I/C, IO
    (sd) E.R. Udal, Capt., I.O., 3 I.G.

    October 28
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    3IG Int Summary up to 23:00 hrs 28 Oct 44. To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt.
    This morning there were rumours of an enemy withdrawal in the EAST of the ‘Island’. An ominous silence seemed to bear out the fact that something like this was happening, but from our own patrolling later in the day it has become evident that it was merely a local relief taking place and 11 Coy 21 SS PGR was identified at 7772 in place of 37 Fortress MG Bn. Down this flank we now have from NORTH to SOUTH, III, I, IV, and II Bns of 21 SS PGR and it may well be that their won weakness here had occasioned their complete lack of activity. The remainder of the ‘Island’ has been quiet though from TIEL to the WEST digging along the NORTH bank of the WAAL is persistently reported by civs. Another civ report told us that 3500 Wehrmacht tps arrived in UTRECHT today from the area PHEMERT 3864, having presumably come from the SALTBOMMEL br. The digging along the WAAL therefore probably a delaying line to hold us for as long as possible if we reach this river before the enemy withdrawal from the SOUTH has been properly carried out. The main news of the day comes from the Corps on our right, where the Germans continued yesterday’s attacks and came in today in greater str. They were active in five areas:-
    (1) K 6683 where a German attempt to br the river was broken up by the RAF
    (2) E 6300 where a Coy “demonstration” was put on in an attempt to take our eyes off the ball.
    (3) A larger attack at 6910 by II/10 PGR of 9 Pz Div, I/104 PGR of 15 PG Div, together with 30 tks.
    (4) An attack at MEIJEL 7207, once again by a mixed gp, elts of 104 PGR and I/11 PGR (of 9 Pz Div), this attack being supported by 15 tks
    (5) Activity by dug in inf and 88 mm guns at 6913. Possibly BG HUBNER?
    All the enemy bns met today are said to be weak numerically (approx 300 - 400 men) but, coming from good divs, they are fighting well and to night had succeeded in reaching 680085 in one sector.
    These attacks undoubtedly meant as major diversions to assist the evacuation of Fifteenth Army from the WEST of HOLLAND and it is certain that they will continue at least for tomorrow if not for another two days. Fortunately our renewed attack in the SCHELDT area has gone more quickly than the Germans thought probable and therefore 9 Pz Div and 15 PG Div have been committed prematurely and once again quite obviously without any truly co-ordinated plan by the Higher Command.
    The Corps on our left has met stronger resistance today, inf and A Tk guns dug in on the line 0938 - 1339, but they have taken over 200 PW and are confident of pushing on tomorrow.
    The Cdn sector has also seen little mov today around BERGEN OP ZOOM or along the Isthmus. But the fact that they have taken 1000 PW in the course of the last 24 hrs is quite probably a pointer to some break up in the enemy’s fighting withdrawal here. On the EAST of this sector our fwd patrols are tonight reported just short of BREDA D 9637. Fifteenth Army is indeed showing the signs of dire plight. With the diversionary attacks in the MEUSE pocket having little success, its fighting withdrawal of the last fortnight shows increasing evidence of disorder.

    October 29
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    On 29 October 1944, we were called by the G.O.C., London District, Lt. Gen. LLOYD, Maj. General Commanding Bde of Guards, who had come from ENGLAND to see units of the Gds Armd Div.

    3IG Int Summary up to 23:00 hrs 28 Oct 44. To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    ENEMY SITUATION
    The enemy has continued his attacks WEST of VENLO. There were two attacks today; one by 11 PGR (9 Pz Div), 104 PGR (15 PG Div) and 12 Tigers up the rd to LIESEL 6614, which they reached; the other by 10 PG (9 Pz Div), 115 PGR (15 PG Div) and 30 Panthers directed on ASTEN 6113 from ?EIJEL 7106, which reached 6709. The enemy also made a minor attack into the woods at 6810.
    The total str of 9 Pz Div and 15 PG Div does not amount to more than one div. In view of this and of the fact that these two divs are the main armd res for the VENLO - GELDEN (A 0125) area, it seems likely that these attacks have no more ambitious object than to delay our adv SOUTH from VENRAY, of which the Germans seem very apprehensive. They are very sensitive to any threat to VENLO. The attacks have therefore been made with the limited object of hampering our L of C to the VENRAY area. Any effect it might have on opt on 15th Army front would be incidental. According to PW, the attacks have limited objectives, and this agrees with view that the enemy is not prepared to get 9 PZ and 15 PG Divs deeply involved in expensive ops. Therefore these attacks are likely to die down.
    The question of armour is not clear. 33 Pz Regt of 9 Pz Div and 115 Pz Bn of 15 PG Div should be there. There are rumours from PW of the presence of the 115 Pz Bn; there has been no identification of 33 Pz Regt. The identity of 30 Panthers is an unsolved mystery at the moment. It is known that sometime previously 15 Pz Div had absorbed 113 Pz Bde, in the same way as 9 Pz Div had absorbed 105 Pz Bde.
    Further SOUTH Para Lehr Regt is reported dug in in area 6302, and has not been aggressive.
    The Americans report that 3 PG Div is still involved in the AACHEN area, and 116 Pz Div has withdrawn to the JULICH area F 0359 to reorganise.
    To the WEST on the Fifteenth Army front, our progress has been good. Pushing NORTH from s’HERTOGENBOSCH our tps have reached 3149 whilst to the WEST from there they have reached 2847, from TILBURG our tps have reached 2744, 1443 and 0642. We have captured BREDA and BERGERN OP ZOOM and are one mile SOUTH of ROSINDAAL. On BEVELAND Cdn tps moving WEST along the isthmus have joined up with the Scotsmen’s br head, which has been slightly extended to the WEST. It is thought that there are still 8000 Germans in BEVELAND, but the SCHELDT pocket is not now thought to contain more than 800/900 Germans.
    There has been no activity today on the ‘Island’ or REICHSWALD Forest front. HQ 10 SS Pz Div is reported by civs to be near ENSCHEDE V 4203, also at RUURLO A 1288. This may be main and Tac. Since 21 SS PG Regt is at the moment holding the NE sector of the ‘Island’ this location of its parent Div HQ is possibly a first sign of a proposed withdrawal of 21 SS PG from the ‘Island’ to re-fit.
    There are indications from ground sources that 363 Div, who hold the neck of land between OCHTEN E 5170 and the NEDER RIJN, have taken over the sector NORTH of the NEDERIJN from Div TETTAU. It will be recalled that 959 GR Regt has been reported NORTH of that river for some time.
    BLA, 30 Oct 44 (sd) ER Udal, Capt., I.O., 3I.G.

    October 30
    The Bn remained in the area of the NIJMEGEN bridges and carried out a role of local protection. The period was quiet and uneventful and from time to time the Bn was visited by the Corps, Div and Bde Commanders for the purpose of inspecting the defences.
    3IG Sitrep as ast 23:59 hrs 30 Oct 44. To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    The best new today has come from the Cdn sector where BEVELAND is now completely in our hands. A lot of PW have been taken & it is estimated that there are still approx 1500 to be rounded up. An interesting fact is that the only unit identified today has been 89 Festungs Bn which means that 70 Div has mysteriously disappeared during the course of the last few days. The Cdns are reported to have reached the causeway leading to WALCHEREN D2030. Although most of this latter Island has been flooded by RAF bombing of dykes, FLUSHING 1124 is still above water and there must be some Germans garrisoned there. But the big coastal def guns have not been firing. There is little news of the SCHELDT pocket, except that CADZAND G 9917 has been taken and farthe [further] South our Tps are on the line of the Canal de DERIVATION.
    The Corps on our left has also made good progress today and capture OOSTERHOUT E 04. It has nearly reached the MAAS at 1047 and this evening was reported near RAAMSDONK E 0348. The armd div which has been in BREDA last night has been pushing on to the NORTH successfully, though there is no indication yet as to how fr its tps have adv, Tac R and civ reports say that the enemy are in full flight in the area and there has been a constant stream of vehs over the large dyke at D 8551.
    On our own Corps front there has been no activity, but an interesting item of news is that 2 Coy 21 SS PGR was identified today at E 3048 having left the ‘island’ on the night 28/29 Oct and been sent down to the SW to try and stem our attack on s’HERTOGENBOSCH - TILBURG. There is no news yet as to how much of this SS Regt has gone, but the whole incident is very strange as recently all four bns have been identified in the line of the EAST flank of the ‘island’.
    The Corps on our right broke up an enemy attempt to force the canal de DEURNE last night and what began as an assault boast crossing ended for the Germans in a very cold swim. Today a British inf div attacked at the same time as a German attack came in and the posn became and has remained confused. Ther have been no real changes since last night, however, and the enemy has managed to hold on to LIESEL 6714 and MEIJEL 7007. The only unit identified in this sector today was 11 PG Recce in the area 6716.
    Air 29 Oct - Armd Recce results:
    Destroyed Damaged
    M? 7 9
    Tks 0 1
    Trucks 45 99
    Barges 11 20
    Tugs 0 2
    Enemy a/c 3 4
    30 Oct - 1000 A/c bombed COLOGNE. Other attacks were made on GELSENKIRCHEN and HAMBURG.
    BLA, 31 Oct 44 TM (sd) ER Udal Capt., I.O., 3I.G.

    October 31
    MALDEN

    During the day the Bn was relieved by 1 WG and went to MALDEN 698555. Here, we were at six hours notice to move, with an operational role of counter-attack to the Eastward. It was expected that we should be here for some days and preparations were made for as much trg as possible to be carried out in these comparatively peaceful conditions.
    APPENIIX A:

    3IG Int Summary up to 23:00 hrs 31 Oct 44. To be destroyed within 48 hrs of receipt
    On the ‘island’ today there has been no major activity but some very successful patrolling during the hours of darkness by an American fmn. They sent men across the NEDER RIHN well NORTH fo R??KUM 6276 and brought back identifications of 363 Eng Bn, 959 GR and 146 Arty Regt. This latter unit belongs to 116 Pz Div but was almost certainly left behind when this div moved down to the AACHEN area and identification does not therefore represent a new arrival in this sector. In the REICHSWALD our tps have also been patrolling but there is nothing of interest to report. Over to the West the SCHELDT pocket remains approx the same size with the Western bdy running down the Dutch frontier and SLUIS 9710 still in enemy hands. NORTH of this BEVELAND is now completely clear except for one or two pockets in the NW corner, and 2000 PW have been taken here during the last 48 hrs, mostly from 89 Festungs Bn and garrison units. The continued absence of 70 Div seems to point to this fmn having been withdrawn to WALCH?REN. This evening fighting was going on on the causeway at 20:30. Our drive to the MAAS NORTH from BREDA is just short of G??RTRUIDENBERG 0248, the opposition here being provided by 36 Div. The push from s’HERTOGENBOSCH - TILBURG today has met heavier opposition and has gone more slowly.
    It is to the EAST in the MEUSE pocket that our main interest must be centred for the moment. Here the enemy’s attacks for the last three days have quietened down in the last 24 hrs, but it is nt likely that he is yet content with the small gains he has made so far. Our tps in fact recaptured LIESEL 6714 today and were moving this evening on to SLOT6723. An added deterrent to the German continuance of armd attacks is undoubtedly the fact that during three tks, three assault guns and three 88 mms. Para Regt HU??ER has again turned up today in the front line around LIESEL and this may indicate either a rft fo 9 Pz or 15 Pz Gren or an attempt to extricate these divs preparatory to a new attack either here or in another sector. From the enemy’s growing interest in the SOUTH of this area it seems possible that it is here that a new attack may be launched. He has constructed a foot-bridge at 647948 and is trying to construct a veh bridge at 618006 and today there were two enemy arty st?nks at 604013 and 6206, with a small inf attack at 625030. A deserter spoke of a large attack several divs strong supposed to come in in this direction, and it is quite probable that the enemy will draw on his reserves in the RUHR still further and send them over the MEUSE at VENLO 9008 to follow up his attacks of the last few days and probably try to drive on in the direction of the W??RT 5897.
    BLA, 1 Nov 44 TM. (sd) ER Udal, Capt., I.O. 3 I.G.
     
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    Great stuff dbf, thanks very much for sharing this.

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    3 Bn IRISH GUARDS - 274 FATALIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:


    1 ALBON, MAURICE BRIAN M B GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724774 02.04.1945 ENSCHEDE EASTERN GENERAL CEMETERY
    2 ALLBUTT, LESLIE LEONARD L L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724407 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    3 ALLDIS, ALBERT VICTOR A V GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724119 08.09.1944 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    4 ALLEN, ROBERT EDWIN R E SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2718779 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    5 ALLEN, WILLIE W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719151 22.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    6 AMBROSE, ROBERT R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722999 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    7 ANDERSON, EDMUND NOEL E N GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723353 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    8 ARKWRIGHT, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720765 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    9 ASHTON, JOHN J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721176 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    10 ASHWORTH, EDWARD E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722895 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    11 ASPINALL, GEOFFREY THOMAS G T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14514367 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    12 BALL, KENNETH JOHN K J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721832 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    13 BAMFORD, HUGH H LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2721250 18.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    14 BARLOW, REGINALD LEONARD R L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723812 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    15 BARRY, EDWARD ANTHONY E A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2717534 16.05.1943 ESTON CEMETERY
    16 BARRY, GERALD G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722072 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    17 BEGLEY, JOSEPH PETER J P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724789 04.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    18 BENT, HARRY EDWARD H E LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2719254 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    19 BERESFORD, WILLIAM W WARRANT OFFICER CLASS II (C.S.M.) 3RD BN. 2720827 07.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    20 BOGGIS, BASIL JOHN B J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 14664830 02.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    21 BOLAND, MICHAEL PATRICK M P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721083 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    22 BOOTH, SIDNEY JAMES S J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720609 20.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    23 BORSBEY, JACK J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722123 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    24 BOSWELL, THOMAS T LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721313 14.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    25 BOURKE, PATRICK O'DONNELL (POD) P O LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 295058 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    26 BOWEN, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723089 14.10.1943 LIVERPOOL (ANFIELD) CEMETERY
    27 BOWERS, FRED F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721681 01.05.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    28 BRACEGIRDLE, HENRY H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724349 30.09.1944 BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY
    29 BREEN, THOMAS T SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2716778 30.03.1945 AALTEN (BERKENHOVE) GENERAL CEMETERY
    30 BRESLIN, EDWARD JOSEPH E J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721333 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    31 BRIDGE, SIDNEY GEORGE S G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724739 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    32 BRIGGS, JOSEPH J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722611 12.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    33 BRITTON, GEORGE CARLTON G C LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723648 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    34 BRODERICK, FRANCIS JOSEPH F J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718263 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    35 BROWN, ARTHUR A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724382 05.03.1945 MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    36 BROWN, ARTHUR THOMAS A T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14692029 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    37 BRUCE, WILLIAM REGINALD RICHARD W R R CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 176774 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    38 BUCKINGHAM, DENNIS HENRY PERCY D H P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722034 11.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    39 BUCKLAND, REGINALD EDWARD R E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14581915 27.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    40 BYRNE, JOSEPH J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724032 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    41 CARRUTHERS, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722126 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    42 CARTLEDGE, SAMUEL S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721125 07.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    43 CATLING R W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724872 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    44 CHARLESWORTH, KENNETH K GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724351 08.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    45 CLANCY, RICHARD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724529 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    46 CLUSKEY, PATRICK P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719556 21.08.1945 COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY
    47 COLE, ERNEST E LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720772 21.10.1944 BOLTON (HEATON) CEMETERY
    48 CONNOR, JOHN J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723341 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    49 CONROY, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2717181 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    50 COOKE, MAURICE ROGER M R LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722104 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    51 CORKRUM, THOMAS ALBERT T A LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721593 08.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    52 DAVIDSON, THOMAS T LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721108 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    53 DAWSON, SYDNEY S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724353 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    54 DEE, MICHAEL M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723677 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    55 DEE, PATRICK BRIAN P B GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723495 14.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    56 DELANEY, MICHAEL JOSEPH M J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2703025 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    57 DEVINE, ROBERT JAMES R J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724791 05.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    58 DINGWALL, DAVID D GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723623 18.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    59 DOBSON, FRANK ARTHUR F A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723804 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    60 DONNELLY, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724294 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    61 DOUGLAS, WILLIAM JOSEPH W J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720741 05.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    62 DOWNEY, RICHARD R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723744 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    63 DOWNEY, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724254 24.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    64 DOYLE, JAMES AUGUSTINE J A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14436399 21.02.1945 MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    65 DOYLE, JOHN J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2718840 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    66 DOYLE, WILLIAM JAMES W J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14441956 01.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    67 DUDLEY, MICHAEL VICTOR M V MAJOR 3RD BN. 93020 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    68 DULLARD, PATRICK P LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2716800 25.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    69 DUNN, JOHN J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719614 10.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    70 DUNNE, MICHAEL M SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2718093 15.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    71 EAGER, GEORGE G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723836 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    72 EARDLEY-WILMOT, ANTHONY REVELL A R MAJOR 3RD BN. 104182 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    73 ENGLAND, THOMAS HENRY T H LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2718941 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    74 ENGLISH, THOMAS JOSEPH T J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721894 08.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    75 FARROW, ARTHUR FRANK A F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722649 19.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    76 FEE, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724794 29.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    77 FERGUSON, GEORGE STEWART G S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723795 08.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    78 FISHER-ROWE, GUY EDWARD G E MAJOR 3RD BN. 102718 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    79 FITT, GEORGE G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723874 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    80 FITZMAURICE, LORD EDWARD NORMAN E N LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 253926 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    81 FOGARTY, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723585 19.07.1944 BAYEUX MEMORIAL
    82 FOLLIS, ARTHUR JAMES A J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719918 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    83 FORD, ROBERT R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2724198 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    84 FOSTER, WILLIAM HENRY W H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722131 21.02.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    85 FOX, ROBERT OWEN R O GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722593 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    86 FRAIN, ANDREW FRANCIS A F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719622 02.10.1944 GROESBEEK MEMORIAL
    87 FRANCIS, FREDERICK VICTOR F V LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719797 30.03.1945 AALTEN (BERKENHOVE) GENERAL CEMETERY
    88 FRASER, EDWARD LAURIE E L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719790 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    89 GALE, JAMES ALFRED J A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723527 22.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    90 GAME, THOMAS EDWIN T E LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2724703 12.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    91 GERAHTY, ANTONY A LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 330864 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    92 GILES, GILBERT GEORGE G G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724458 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    93 GILHAM, LESLIE JOHN L J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14679953 01.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    94 GILMORE, GEORGE G LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2717800 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    95 GILMORE, LAWRENCE L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724101 15.09.1944 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    96 GLENDINNING, NORMAN WILLIAM N W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721562 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    97 GRAHAM, ALBERT LIONEL A L LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721431 18.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    98 GRANT, IAN DOUGLAS RUTHERFORD I D R CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 108939 18.07.1944 RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
    99 GRAYSTON, CHRISTOPHER WALKER C W LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721896 01.10.1944 BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY
    100 GREEN, ERIC E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722509 02.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    101 GREENHILL, ALBERT A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723975 21.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    102 GREETHAM, GERALD G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724041 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    103 GREY, ARTHUR BARRETT A B LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 156084 17.10.1942 NORTHWOOD CEMETERY
    104 GROGAN, MAURICE M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723878 15.11.1944 SITTARD WAR CEMETERY
    105 GUEST, RONALD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723501 04.05.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    106 HARRIGAN, JAMES PATRICK J P SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720971 02.04.1945 ENSCHEDE EASTERN GENERAL CEMETERY
    107 HARRISON, FREDERICK F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724219 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    108 HARVEY, LEONARD FRANK L F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720708 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    109 HENDERSON, CYRIL C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720683 07.12.1944 GROESBEEK MEMORIAL
    110 HENNESSY, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718887 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    111 HESKETH, GLYNN JAMES G J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723954 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    112 HEWITT, JAMES EDWARD J E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720527 05.03.1945 MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    113 HOGG, WILLIAM HALLAM JOHN W H J LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 269227 29.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    114 HOLMES, RAYMOND R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14673282 02.10.1944 EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY
    115 HOOKER, ERNEST WILLIAM E W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723837 08.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    116 HOPPER, HAROLD H SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720624 01.08.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    117 HOUGHTON, WILFRED W LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2720034 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    118 HOULAHAN, JOHN J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719554 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    119 HUBBARD, ERIC RONALD E R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724279 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    120 HULMES, HERBERT H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720361 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    121 HUNTER, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721509 18.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    122 HUTCHMAN, LAWRENCE L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2717595 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    123 IFOULD, JOHN ARTHUR J A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724336 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    124 JOHNS, TOM T SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720945 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    125 JOHNSON, WILLIAM RAYMOND W R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724948 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    126 JOHNSTON, STANLEY HERBERT S H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719691 24.10.1945 COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY
    127 JONES, JOHN OWEN DORFIL J O D GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721820 04.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    128 JORDAN, MICHAEL JOSEPH M J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721588 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    129 KANE, JAMES J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2717050 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    130 KEATINGE, WILLIAM ALFRED W A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722891 15.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    131 KEEN, ALBERT LEONARD A L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14581944 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    132 KELLY, CLIFFORD C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719839 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    133 KENNARD, HUMPHREY OSCAR COLERIDGE H O C LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 253922 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    134 KENNEDY, DARBY MICHAEL D M MAJOR 3RD BN. 94576 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    135 KENNY, EDWARD RICHARD NOEL E R N LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723969 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    136 KENT, FRED F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722363 15.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    137 KINGSFORD, DESMOND GLOVER D G CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 121551 10.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    138 KIRKPATRICK, ERIC E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722562 07.08.1944 BAYEUX MEMORIAL
    139 LALLY, JOHN PATRICK J P LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723077 09.10.1944 MAARHEEZE (STERKSEL MONASTERY) CEMETERY
    140 LARKIN, DAVID D WARRANT OFFICER CLASS II (C.S.M.) 3RD BN. 2717614 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    141 LAYDE, REDMOND R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723768 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    142 LE BER, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720484 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    143 LEES, ARTHUR A LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722513 10.11.1944 MANCHESTER (GORTON) CEMETERY
    144 LENNON, JOSEPH J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721106 21.02.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    145 LINDSAY, BERNARD ROBERT B R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724051 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    146 LIPTROT, ALBERT PERCY A P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722514 02.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    147 LLOYD, THOMAS DUDLEY T D GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724306 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    148 LYNCH, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723420 21.02.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    149 LYONS, JOHN JOSEPH J J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2717698 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    150 MADDEN, HENRY FRANCIS H F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723657 05.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    151 MAHER, PATRICK FRANCIS P F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722878 11.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    152 MALLON, NORMAN N GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718372 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    153 MARLER, CHARLES HENRY JOHN C H J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722006 01.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    154 MARSH, EDWARD CHARLES E C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14784080 02.05.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    155 MATTHEWS, THOMAS T SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2721847 25.11.1944 SITTARD WAR CEMETERY
    156 MAXWELL, WILLIAM ALEXANDER W A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14678822 02.10.1944 GROESBEEK MEMORIAL
    157 MCANENY, PATRICK P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720423 23.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    158 MCCALLAN, PETER P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723871 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    159 MCCARTHY, CYRIL C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724535 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    160 MCCARTHY-PHILLIPS, PATRICK GEORGE P G LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722781 22.07.1944 BAYEUX MEMORIAL
    161 MCCORMACK, NICHOLAS JAMES N J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723725 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    162 MCEWAN, JOHN J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2720234 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    163 MCKEEGAN, LAWRENCE L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719287 29.04.1945 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    164 MCKIBBIN, RICHARD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722785 04.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    165 MCKIBBIN, WILLIAM JOHN W J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720351 19.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    166 MCLOUGHLIN, GEORGE G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722080 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    167 MCSORLEY, MATTHEW M LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722803 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    168 MEARS, RONALD JAMES R J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722056 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    169 MEDLEY, PATRICK JOHN P J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719049 22.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    170 MILLER, SYDNEY JOHN S J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722057 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    171 MITCHELL, FREDERICK F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721196 22.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    172 MOGEY, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718447 09.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    173 MOLLARD, COLIN C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723687 04.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    174 MOORE, GEORGE G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719793 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    175 MORAN, PATRICK EDWARD P E SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719817 02.01.1945 HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY
    176 MORIARTY, ANTHONY A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724801 04.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    177 MULCAHY G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724301 21.02.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    178 MURPHY, PATRICK JOSEPH P J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723579 28.04.1945 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    179 MURRAY, JAMES ALFRED J A LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723538 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    180 MYERS, GORDON G LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722988 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    181 NORTH, EDWARD MERVYN E M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719914 04.09.1944 ST. STEVENS-WOLUWE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
    182 O'BRIEN, REGINALD (REGGIE) R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2718553 13.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    183 O'HANLON, JAMES PATRICK JOSEPH J P J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723994 24.07.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    184 O'NEILL, JOHN JAMES J J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723823 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    185 O'SHEA, FRANCIS PATRICK F P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718584 23.05.1946 BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
    186 OAKHAM, FREDERICK WILLIAM F W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724765 21.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    187 ORMOND, JOHN MICHAEL J M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723438 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    188 OULSNAM, JOHN WILLIAM J W SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2717277 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY [See pg 139: http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Sussex...004-Update.pdf]
    189 OWTRAM, RICHARD MICHAEL R M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722863 15.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    190 PARSONS, ALAN A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14681745 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    191 PAVEY, ERNEST WALTER E W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14680268 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    192 PEARCE, WALTER W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721502 09.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    193 PEMBERTON, PETER P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14677526 22.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    194 PENFOLD, JOHN J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724283 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    195 PENNINGTON, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720550 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    196 PERRY, JOHN J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2717309 02.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    197 POOK, WALTER EDWARD W E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724202 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    198 POOLEY, DEREK ARTHUR D A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723861 18.05.1945 LITTLE SHELFORD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD
    199 POTTER, JOSEPH J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722319 15.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    200 POTTS, ARTHUR A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724063 11.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    201 PRENDERGAST, JOHN J SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719534 11.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    202 PRICE, ERIC WILLIAM E W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723906 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    203 PRIOR, ROY R LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2722012 05.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    204 PROE, JOHN J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719998 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY [No 1 Coy]
    205 QUINN, MICHAEL JOSEPH M J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724079 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    206 RAWLENCE, EDWARD ERNEST E E CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 219069 11.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    207 RAYNARD, WILLIAM W LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2717332 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    208 REID, SIDNEY S LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2721583 16.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    209 RENDELL, VICTOR CLARENCE GEORGE V C G GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721321 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    210 RICHARDSON, CYRIL JOSEPH C J LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2720044 18.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    211 RICKETT, ARTHUR ROBERT JACK A R J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723275 13.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    212 ROBERTS, RAYMOND R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724366 08.04.1945 SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    213 ROSSITER, RICHARD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724463 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    214 ROTCHFORD, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722987 03.05.1945 LEIGH CEMETERY
    215 ROUEN, ANTHONY A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14690376 20.11.1944 SITTARD WAR CEMETERY
    216 ROURKE, WILLIAM W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720320 29.09.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    217 RUSSELL, BRIAN BEVEN B B LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 278612 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    218 SAMPEY, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720546 03.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    219 SARSFIELD-HALL, PATRICK GEOFFREY EDWARD P G E LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 228328 28.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    220 SEPHTON, JAMES J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724075 16.02.1945 MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    221 SHAW, STANLEY S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723125 08.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    222 SHAW, SYDNEY S GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723413 11.09.1944 BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    223 SHEARER, EDWARD E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723868 14.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    224 SIMPSON, WILLIAM ABRAHAM W A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723525 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    225 SINGLETON, FRANK F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722516 28.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    226 SKINNER, CRAWFORD WEEDING C W GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724181 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    227 SLOAN, GEORGE LASCELLES G L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724138 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    228 SMITH, HERBERT H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14220908 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    229 SMITH, ROBERT OLIVER R O LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 13111455 02.04.1945 ENSCHEDE EASTERN GENERAL CEMETERY
    230 SMITH, STANLEY ERIC THOMAS S E T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724018 14.02.1945 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    231 SMITH, STANLEY JOHN S J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722871 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    232 SPARLING, PATRICK JOSEPH P J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720492 11.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    233 STACEY, JOHN GRAHAME J G SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2723011 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    234 STAFFORD-KING-HARMAN, THOMAS EDWARD T E LIEUTENANT 3RD BN. 200112 04.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    235 STEPHENSON, THOMAS HENRY T H LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 14665889 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    236 STEVENSON, JAMES J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723810 11.09.1944 NEERPELT COMMUNAL CEMETERY
    237 STOCK, DOUGLAS HURNDELL D H LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2720228 19.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    238 STOKES, MICHAEL JOSEPH M J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2716637 19.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    239 STONE, RUDOLPH EDWIN JOHN R E J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723891 07.09.1944 GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    240 THISTLETON, MARK M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14693730 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    241 THORNLEY, ALLAN A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723323 07.06.1943 LIVERPOOL (WEST DERBY) CEMETERY [see John Thornley his brother who also died]
    242 THORNLEY, JOHN CHARLES J C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723262 01.10.1944 GROESBEEK MEMORIAL [see Allan Thornley, his brother who also died]
    243 TODD, CYRIL C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721301 22.09.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    244 TORR, STANLEY JAMES S J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724288 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    245 TOWERS, JAMES FREDERICK J F GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724368 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    246 TRICKETT, WILLIAM HENRY W H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720462 09.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    247 TYRRELL, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724014 13.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    248 UNSWORTH, THOMAS T LANCE SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2719613 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    249 VARLEY, RONALD R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2616031 01.10.1944 ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    250 VENN, THOMAS T GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 14669019 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    251 VERNEDE, JOHN GRIFFITH J G LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2723535 06.05.1945 OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY
    252 WADE, REGINALD HAROLD R H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724097 05.03.1945 REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    253 WALKER, GEORGE EDWARD G E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718987 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    254 WALKER, PETER P GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2718774 14.09.1944 HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY
    255 WALLACE, MICHAEL M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724056 11.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    256 WARRINER, AUBRON A GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721769 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    257 WATSON, THOMAS CROWE T C GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724057 17.09.1944 VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    258 WATT, ROBERT JAMES R J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2719513 11.08.1944 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    259 WATTS, ALFRED JOHN A J GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2720212 04.10.1944 JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    260 WEINSTEIN, MEYERS M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721961 11.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    261 WELCH, CHARLES MAXIMILIAN C M GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724017 02.04.1945 RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    262 WELLS, WILLIAM HASTE W H GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2724624 22.04.1945 BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    263 WHATMOUGH, ALBERT EDWARD A E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722365 18.11.1944 SITTARD WAR CEMETERY
    264 WHEATLEY, ROY R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721019 19.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    265 WHITBY, FRANK REGINALD F R GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721800 12.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    266 WHITE, HENRY H LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722121 14.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    267 WHITTAKER, ROBERT R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2720865 09.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    268 WILLIAMS, ALBERT EDWARD A E GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2722670 03.08.1944 HOTTOT-LES-BAGUES WAR CEMETERY
    269 WILLIAMS, DONALD D GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2723802 18.07.1944 BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    270 WILLIAMS, ROBERT R LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2719388 08.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    271 WILLIAMS, WALTER HAMILTON W H SERJEANT 3RD BN. 2718183 17.09.1944 LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    272 WILLSHAW, JACK J LANCE CORPORAL 3RD BN. 2722238 21.02.1945 MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    273 WIMBRIDGE, LIONEL LESLIE L L GUARDSMAN 3RD BN. 2721323 09.08.1944 BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    274 WOODS, ELLISON MURRAY E M CAPTAIN 3RD BN. 149144 03.08.1944 ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY

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    3 BN IG CASUALTIES BY CWGC CEMETERY

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    Cemetery: AALTEN (BERKENHOVE) GENERAL CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Location Information: The town of Aalten is situated to the east of Arnhem on the N318 at the junction with the N313. From this road junction follow the N318 in the direction of Varsseveld along the ringweg. Take the sixth turning on the right, called Romienendijk, and the cemetery is on the right.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 17

    BREEN, THOMAS Sergeant 2716778, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 36 on 30 March 1945
    Son of James and Mary Breen, of Killena, Co. Wexford, Irish Republic; husband of Sarah Ellen Breen, of Killena.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Joint grave 586/1.

    FRANCIS, FREDERICK VICTOR Lance Sergeant 2719797, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27
    on 30 March 1945
    Son of Alfred Albert William and Elsie Beatrice Francis; husband of Marion Frances Francis, of Beckenham, Kent.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Joint grave 586/1.

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    Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to this cemetery is possible via the main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200 Location Information: Arnhem is in the eastern Netherlands. Oosterbeek lies 7 Kms west of Arnhem on the road to Wageningen. From the Utrechtseweg, turn on to the Stationsweg heading for Oosterbeek Station. At the railway station, turn right on to Van Limburg Stirumweg. The entrance to the cemetery is a short distance along this road opposite the town cemetery.
    Historical Information: Following the Normandy landings of June 1944, the Allied advance through northern Europe was extraordinarily rapid and on 11 September 1944, the Second Army entered the Netherlands just south of Eindhoven, the first Allied troops to set foot in the country since its fall in May 1940. Their next aim was to cross the Rhine before the Germans had time to reorganise after their recent setbacks, securing crossings over the rivers and canals that stood in their path at Grave, Nijmegen and Arnhem. 'Operation Market Garden' would involve the United States 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, the Commonwealth 1st Airborne Division and the Polish Parachute Brigade. On 17 September 1944, the 1st Airborne Division began landing west of Arnhem, but German resistance, bad weather and problems with supplies and reinforcements led to heavy losses, and their objectives were not taken. They were forced to form a perimeter at Oosterbeek which they held stubbornly until 25 September, when it was decided to withdraw the remnants of the division across the lower Rhine. Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery contains the graves of most of those killed during the September landings, and many of those killed in later fighting in the area. There are now 1,680 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 245 of the burials are unidentified and two casualties are commemorated by special memorials. There are also 73 Polish, three Dutch and three non-war (former Commission employees) graves in the cemetery.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 1514

    There is a photo of the headstone of an Unnamed Irish Guardsman buried at Arnhem Oosterbeek; there is no date inscribed on the stone; he may have served with either the 2nd or 3rd Battalions:
    A soldier of the 1939-1945 War, Irish Guards, Known Unto God.

    RENDELL, VICTOR CLARENCE GEORGE Guardsman 2721321, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27
    on 28 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 2.

    MATHER, THOMAS Guardsman 2723405, 3rd. Bn, Irish Guards who died age 21 on 02 October 1944
    Son of James and Maria Mather, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 3.

    PERRY, JOHN, Lance Serjeant 2717309, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 31 on 02 October 1944
    Son of Charles and Kate Elizabeth Perry; husband of Doris May Perry, of Radstock, Somerset.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 4.

    MCSORLEY, MATTHEW, Lance Serjeant 2722803, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 28 September 1944
    Son of David and Margaret McSorley, of Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 5.

    BENT, HARRY EDWARD, Lance Corporal 2719254, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 28 September 1944
    Son of Harry and Elizebeth Bent, of Nottingham.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 6.

    BOGGIS, BASIL JOHN, Lance Corporal 14664830, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 02 October 1944
    Son of John Sydney and Violet Edith Boggis; husband of Hilda Victoria Boggis of Hatfield Peverell, Essex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 7.

    GREEN, ERIC, Guardsman 2722509, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 34 on 02 October 1944
    Son of Leonard and Ada Green, of Bramhall, Cheshire. His brother Leonard Leslie also died on service.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 8.

    TOWERS, JAMES FREDERICK Guardsman 2724368, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 01 October 1944
    Son of William James Towers and Mary Elizebeth Ellen Towers, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 13.

    FORRY, JOHN Guardsman 2724354, 3rd. Bn., Irish Guards who died age 18 on 01 October 1944
    Son of Owen and Emily Forry, of Salford, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 15.

    KENNY, EDWARD RICHARD NOEL, Lance Corporal 2723969, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 01 October 1944
    Son of the Revd. William Edward Kenny, B.A., and of May Kenny, of Clonaslee Rectory, Leix Co., Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. A. 14.

    DOYLE, JOHN, Lance Corporal 2718840, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 22 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. B. 6.

    TODD, CYRIL Guardsman 2721301, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 22 September 1944
    Son of Albert Edward and Mary Todd, of York; husband of Elsie May Todd, of Heworth Green, York.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. B. 7.

    GREENHILL, ALBERT Guardsman 2723975, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 21 September 1944
    Son of Florence Greenhill, of Redditch, Worcestershire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. B. 14.

    BALL, KENNETH JOHN, Lance Serjeant 2721832, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 32 on 22 September 1944
    Son of Herbert John and Elizabeth Agnes Ball, of Higher Blackley, Manchester; husband of Julia Ball.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. B. 16.

    MOORE, GEORGE Guardsman 2719793, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 22 September 1944
    Son of Arthur and Martha Ann Moore, of Birmingham; husband of Catherine Frances Moore, of Alum Rock, Birmingham.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. B. 17.

    THISTLETON, MARK Guardsman 14693730, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 22 September 1944
    Son of Mark and Eliza Thistleton, of Firby, Whitwell, Yorkshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 1.

    BRODERICK, FRANCIS JOSEPH Guardsman 2718263, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 26 on 22 September 1944
    Son of Michael Corcoran Broderick and Mary Broderick; nephew of Maud E. Cousins, of Edmonton, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 3.

    VARLEY, RONALD Guardsman 2616031, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 01 October 1944
    Son of Ernest Arthur Varley and of Ethel Varley (nee Blake); husband of Peggy Varley, of South Norwood, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 7.

    FOX, ROBERT OWEN Guardsman 2722593, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 31 on 01 October 1944
    Son of William S. and Sarah C. Fox, of Warrington, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 8.

    MILLER, SYDNEY JOHN, Lance Corporal 2722057, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 01 October 1944
    Son of Frederick Allan and Lilian Miller, of Brighton, Sussex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 9.

    CONNOR, JOHN, Lance Corporal 2723341, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 01 October 1944
    Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Connor, of St. Helens, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 10.

    DOBSON, FRANK ARTHUR Guardsman 2723804, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 28 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 11.

    LE BER, WILLIAM Guardsman 2720484, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 28 September 1944
    Son of Henry Charles and Delia Le Ber, of St Saviours, Jersey, Channel Islands.Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 12.

    CARRUTHERS, JOHN Guardsman 2722126, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 01 October 1944
    Son of John and Janet Carruthers, of Bootle, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 13.

    SINGLETON, FRANK, Guardsman 2722516, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 28 September 1944
    Son of Frank and Nellie Singleton, of Stockport, Cheshire; husband of Bessie Singleton, of Cheadle Heath, Stockport.Grave/Memorial Reference: 11. C. 14.

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    Cemetery: BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY
    Country: France
    Location Information: Banneville-la-Campagne is a village in Normandy, which is 10 kilometres east of Caen. The cemetery lies 100 metres south of the main road (the N175) between Caen and Pont L'Eveque, about 8 kilometres east of Caen.
    Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. For the most part, the men buried at Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery were killed in the fighting from the second week of July 1944, when Caen was captured, to the last week in August, when the Falaise Gap had been closed and the Allied forces were preparing their advance beyond the Seine. The cemetery contains 2,170 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 140 of them unidentified, and five Polish graves.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 2035

    STOKES, MICHAEL JOSEPH, Guardsman 2716637, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 35 on 19 July 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Stokes; husband of Mary Kate Stokes, of Coventry.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. A. 17.

    ALLEN, WILLIE, Guardsman, 2719151, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 22 July 1944
    Son of Joseph and Sarah Allen, of Sheffield.Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 8.

    MITCHELL, FREDERICK, GUARDSMAN 2721196, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 22 July 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 10.

    WILLIAMS, DONALD, Guardsman 2723802, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 18 July 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 23.

    BAMFORD, HUGH, Lance Corporal 2721250, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 24
    on 18 July 1944
    Son of Arthur and Ellen Bamford; husband of Agnes Mary Bamford, of Eastcote, Pinner, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 25.

    GRAHAM, ALBERT LIONEL, Lance Serjeant 2721431, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 18 July 1944
    Son of Harry and Veronica Graham, of Watford, Hertfordshire; husband of Peggy Graham, of Watford.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 27.

    HUNTER, WILLIAM, Guardsman 2721509, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 18 July 1944
    Son of William and Frances Dora Hunter; husband of Ivy Margaret Hunter, of Ruislip Manor, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. A. 19.

    FARROW, ARTHUR FRANK, Guardsman 2722649, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 19 July 1944
    Son of Arthur and Ellen Maud Farrow; husband of Edna May Farrow, of Holloway, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. A. 21.

    STOCK, DOUGLAS HURNDELL, Lance Corporal 2720228, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 19 July 1944
    Husband of Florence Eileen Stock, of Bulmer, Essex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. A. 24.

    HOPPER, HAROLD, Serjeant 2720624, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24
    on 01 August 1944
    Son of William and Gertrude Hopper, of Leeds, Yorkshire; husband of Mary Elizabeth Hopper, of Leeds.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XVI. A. 5.

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    Cemetery: BAYEUX MEMORIAL
    Country: France
    Location Information: The town of Bayeux, in Normandy, lies 24 kilometres north-west of Caen. On the opposite side of the road to the Bayeux War Cemetery, situated in the south-western outskirts of the town on the by-pass which is named Rue de Sir Fabian Ware, is the Bayeux Memorial.
    Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. The BAYEUX MEMORIAL stands opposite the cemetery and bears the names of more than 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died in the early stages of the campaign and have no known grave. They died during the landings in Normandy, during the intense fighting in Normandy itself, and during the advance to the River Seine in August. There was little actual fighting in Bayeux although it was the first French town of importance to be liberated. BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY is the largest Commonwealth cemetery of the Second World War in France and contains burials brought in from the surrounding districts and from hospitals that were located nearby. The cemetery contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 338 of them unidentified. There are also 505 war graves of other nationalities, the majority German.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 1801

    FOGARTY, JOHN, Guardsman 2723585, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 19 July 1944
    Son of John and Marget Fogarty, of Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

    MCCARTHY-PHILLIPS, PATRICK GEORGE, Lance Corporal 2722781, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards
    died age 21 on 22 July 1944
    Son of George Robert and Annie Phillips; nephew of Winifred M. Phillips, of Mevagissey, Cornwall.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

    KIRKPATRICK, ERIC, Guardsman 2722562, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 36 on 07 August 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Kirkpatrick; husband of Evelyn Kirkpatrick, of Cheadle, Cheshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 12, Column 2.

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    Cemetery: BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
    Country: France
    Location Information: The town of Bayeux, in Normandy, lies 24 kilometres north-west of Caen. Bayeux War Cemetery is situated in the south-western outskirts of the town on the by-pass, which is named Rue de Sir Fabian Ware. On the opposite side of the road stands the Bayeux Memorial.
    Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. There was little actual fighting in Bayeux although it was the first French town of importance to be liberated. Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth cemetery of the Second World War in France and contains burials brought in from the surrounding districts and from hospitals that were located nearby. BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 338 of them unidentified. There are also over 500 war graves of other nationalities, the majority German. The BAYEUX MEMORIAL stands opposite the cemetery and bears the names of more than 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died in the early stages of the campaign and have no known grave. They died during the landings in Normandy, during the intense fighting in Normandy itself, and during the advance to the River Seine in August.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 4265

    MADDEN, HENRY FRANCIS, Guardsman 2723657, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 05 August 1944
    Son of William Madden, and of Ada Elizabeth Madden, of Chadwell St. Mary, Essex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. K. 11.

    O'HANLON, JAMES PATRICK JOSEPH, Guardsman 2723994, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23
    on 24 July 1944
    Son of Patrick and Mary Anne O'Hanlon; husband of Kathleen O'Hanlon, of Bessbrook, Co. Armagh. Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. H. 13.

    STAFFORD-KING-HARMAN, THOMAS EDWARD, Lieutenant 200112, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 04 August 1944
    Son of Sir Cecil William Francis Stafford King-Harman, 2nd Bt., and of Lady Stafford King-Harman (nee Acland), of Rockingham, Co. Roscommon, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XV. E. 23.

    MAHER, PATRICK FRANCIS, Guardsman 2722878, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 11 August 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XVI. E. 3.

    DINGWALL, DAVID Guardsman 2723623, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 18 August 1944
    Son of John and Catherine Dingwall.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 3.

    BUCKINGHAM, DENNIS HENRY PERCY, Guardsman 2722034, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24
    on 11 August 1944
    Son of Percy Buckingham, and of Rose Buckingham, of Henstead, Suffolk.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XVI. E. 4.

    POTTS, ARTHUR, Guardsman 2724063, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Stewart and Annie Potts, of Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 19.

    FERGUSON, GEORGE STEWART, Guardsman 2723795, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 08 August 1944
    Son of David Doig Ferguson and Pauline Ferguson, of Fulham, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XX. C. 16.

    WIMBRIDGE, LIONEL LESLIE, Guardsman 2721323, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 30 on 09 August 1944
    Son of John William and Fanny Agnes Wimbridge; husband of Ethel Mary Gwendoline Wimbridge, of Yeovil, Somerset.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 8.

    BRIGGS, JOSEPH, Guardsman 2722611, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 12 August 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 15.

    TYRRELL, THOMAS Guardsman 2724014, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 13 August 1944
    Son of Peter and Mary Ellen Tyrrell, of Cabra, Dublin, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 16.

    WHITBY, FRANK REGINALD, Guardsman 2721800, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 32 on 12 August 1944
    Son of Mrs. K. Whitby, of Congleton, Cheshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVI. E. 20.

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    Cemetery: BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Germany
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to the site is possible, but may be by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200
    Location Information: Becklingen War Cemetery is 13 kilometres south east of Soltau on the west side of the road from Hamburg to Hannover. From Hannover travel north in the direction of Hamburg on the Autoroute No.7 for 80 kilometres until the junction with Soltau Sud, this is in fact the junction of the A7 with the B3 Hannover to Hamburg road. On leaving the A7 at Soltau Sud follow the B3 in the direction of Celle and Bergen. The cemetery is on the right hand side of the road, 7 kilometres from the motorway junction.
    Historical Information: The site of Becklingen War Cemetery was chosen for the position on a hillside overlooking Luneburg Heath, where Field-Marshal Montgomery accepted the German surrender from Admiral Doenitz on 4 May 1945. Burials were brought into the cemetery from isolated sites in the countryside, small German cemeteries and prisoner of war camps cemeteries, including the Fallingbostel cemetery, within a radius of about 80 kilometres. Most of those buried in the cemetery died during the last two months of the war. Becklingen War Cemetery contains 2,374 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 97 of them unidentified. There are also 27 war graves of other nationalities, many of them Polish. No. of Identified Casualties: 2299

    HOGG, WILLIAM HALLAM JOHN, Lieutenant 269227, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 29 April 1945
    Son of William Banks Hogg and Muriel Dancer Hogg, of Hassocks, Sussex. B.A. (Cantab.).
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 3. A. 1.

    FEE, JAMES Guardsman 2724794, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 29 April 1945
    Son of William and Matilda Fee, of Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 3. A. 2.

    BOWERS, FRED Guardsman 2721681, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 31 on 01 May 1945
    Son of George Robert and Harriet Bowers, of Chadderton, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 3. B 12.

    RICKETT, ARTHUR ROBERT JACK Guardsman 2723275, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22
    on 13 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 3. K. 10.

    BOOTH, SIDNEY JAMES, Lance Serjeant 2720609, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 20 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. A. 7.

    FORD, ROBERT, Lance Corporal 2724198, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 21 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. A. 8.

    GREETHAM, GERALD Guardsman 2724041, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 21 April 1945
    Son of Harry and Ellen Mary Greetham, of Osbournby, Lincolnshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. A. 9.

    MCCARTHY, CYRIL Guardsman 2724535, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 21 April 1945
    Son of William and Alice McCarthy, of Preston, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. A. 10.

    CLANCY, RICHARD Guardsman 2724529, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 21 April 1945
    Son of Richard and Mary Clancy, of Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. A. 11.

    DAWSON, SYDNEY Guardsman 2724353, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 21 April 1945
    Son of Samuel and Margaret Ann Dawson, of Wigan, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. A. 12.

    DOWNEY, RICHARD Lance Corporal 2723744, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 21 April 1945
    Son of Richard and Clara Downey, of Plaistow, Essex; nephew of Jeanette Downey, of Plaistow.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. A. 13.

    GLENDINNING, NORMAN WILLIAM Guardsman 2721562, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 32 on 21 April 1945
    Son of William David and Elizabeth Ann Glendinning, of Sheerness, Kent; husband of Doris Ethel Victoria Glendinning, of Sheerness.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. A. 14.

    MCANENY, PATRICK Guardsman 2720423, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 23 April 1945
    Son of James McAneny, and of Mary McAneny, of Coventry.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. B. 8.

    OAKHAM, FREDERICK WILLIAM Guardsman 2724765, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 21 April 1945
    Son of Frederick and Isobel Maud Oakham, of Shoreditch. London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. B. 9.

    CATLING R W Guardsman 2724872, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 21 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. B. 14.

    WELLS, WILLIAM HASTE Guardsman 2724624, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 22 April 1945
    Son of Thomas Wilson Wells and Margaret Wells, of Blackburn, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 5. F. 2.

    MARSH, EDWARD CHARLES Guardsman 14784080, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 02 May 1945
    Son of Thomas and Maria Jane Marsh, of Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. A. 9.

    BUCKLAND, REGINALD EDWARD Guardsman 14581915, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 27 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. A. 10.

    O'BRIEN, REGINALD (REGGIE) Lance Corporal 2718553, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 13 April 1945
    Son of Christopher Barry O'Brien and Beatrice O'Brien, of Fairfield, Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. G. 1.

    GAME, THOMAS EDWIN Lance Corporal 2724703, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 12 April 1945
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Game, of Hertford.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. G. 4.

    TRICKETT, WILLIAM HENRY Guardsman 2720462, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 09 April 1945
    Son of William Augustine Trickett and Margaret Trickett, of Blackpool Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 4. J. 14.

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    Cemetery: BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to site possible, but may be by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.
    Location Information: Bergen-op-Zoom is a town in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant, 40 kilometres north-west of Antwerp (Belgium). Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery and Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery are almost next to one another, 3 kilometres east of the town centre, on a road named Ruytershoveweg, which runs parallel with the A58 Bergen-op-Zoom to Roosendaal motorway. The cemeteries can be reached from the motorway by taking the Bergen-op-Zoom exit, which leads on to Rooseveltlaan. At the first crossroads the cemeteries are signposted to the right. There is a further signposted right turn after 1 kilometre, and the cemeteries are 2 kilometres along this road on the left-hand side.
    Historical Information: Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery contains 1,284 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the Second World War. 116 of the burials are unidentified. There are also seven First World War burials (one airman and six unknown sailors) and 21 war graves of other nationalities.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 1189

    GRAYSTON, CHRISTOPHER WALKER, Lance Serjeant 2721896, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24
    on 01 October 1944
    Son of Ernest and Elizabeth Grayston; husband of Gwendoline Grayston, of Christleton, Cheshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 25. A. 5.

    BRACEGIRDLE, HENRY Guardsman 2724349, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 30 September 1944
    Son of Henry and Ivy Victoria Bracegirdle, of Warrington, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 25. A. 6.

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    Cemetery: BOLTON (HEATON) CEMETERY
    Country: United Kingdom
    No. of Identified Casualties: 220

    COLE, ERNEST, Lance Sergeant 2720772, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 21 October 1944
    Son of Henry and Sarah Betsy Cole, of Herne Bay, Kent.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Div. 3. Sec. Y.7. C. of E. Grave 14.

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    Cemetery: BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY
    Country: Belgium
    Visiting Information: The Cemetery Opening Hours are:- Closed on Mondays. Open every other day: 0830 - 1630. Please Note: Information received from the local authorities at Brussels states that "In accordance with their regulations it is forbidden to photograph headstones, in order to guarantee the anonymity and out of respect to the dead, without prior approval of the local alderman responsible for funerals and burials." However, as the Commission has no objections to photographs being taken or to the filming of our war graves, it is suggested that visitors wishing to do so should make this known to the staff in the office at the entrance of the cemetery. Wheelchair access to site is possible, but may be an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
    Location Information: Brussels Town Cemetery is located in the north east corner of Brussels in the district of Evere. Follow the E40 Brussels-Liege road in the direction of Brussels and leave at junction 19, signposted Woluwe and Evere. Follow the sign Evere to the right and continue 500 metres along the avenue des Communautes to the first set of traffic lights. Go straight ahead here and down the avenue Ciceron to turn left around the roundabout at the bottom of the road. The entrance to the Town Cemetery is then on your right. Follow the main avenue through the cemetery as far as you can go and the Commission plot is on your left.
    Historical Information: Brussels was in German hands from 20 August 1914 to the date of the Armistice. Plot X of the cemetery contains the graves of 54 Commonwealth casualties, 50 of which were prisoners of war whose bodies were brought back from Germany by the Canadian Corps in April 1919. The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. Most of the Second World War casualties buried in the town cemetery died on lines of communication duties after the liberation of Brussels at the beginning of September 1944, but a few date from the brief period that the BEF spent in Belgium in May 1940. Brussels Town Cemetery contains 54 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and a further 590 from the Second World War, 4 of which are unidentified. There are also 35 Foreign National burials here.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 685

    MURPHY, PATRICK JOSEPH Guardsman 2723579, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 28 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: X. 21. 10.

    MCKEEGAN, LAWRENCE Guardsman 2719287, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 29 April 1945
    Son of Charles McKeegan, and of Margerate McKeegan, of Deansgate, Manchester.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: X. 21. 50.

    GILMORE, LAWRENCE Guardsman 2724101, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 15 September 1944
    Son of Charles and Mary Gilmore, of Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: X. 22. 21.

    ALLDIS, ALBERT VICTOR Guardsman 2724119, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 08 September 1944
    Son of Albert Victor and Edith Florence Alldis, of Peckham, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: X. 25. 5.

    SHAW, SYDNEY Guardsman 2723413, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 11 September 1944
    Son of Henry and Elizabeth Shaw, of Knotty Ash, Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: X. 25. 9.

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    Cemetery: COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY
    Country: Germany
    Visiting Information: OPENING TIMES: April to October: 07.00 to 20.00 November to March: 08.00 to 17.00 Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200. Location Information: Cologne Southern Cemetery lies within a large civil cemetery known locally as Koln Sudfriedhof. Koln Sudfriedhof is about 5 kilometres south of the centre of Cologne, on the Honigerweg. The cemetery may also be approached from the E40 (A4) motorway, by taking Junction 11 towards Koln-Klettenberg. Turn right onto the Luxemburger Strasse (B265) for 750 metres, then at the first traffic lights, near the railway, turn right onto the Militarringstrasse. Follow the Militarringstrasse for about 2.5 kilometres, then at the traffic lights turn left onto Bruhler Strasse. After 750 metres turn left onto Markusstrasse. The entrance to the Koln Sudfriedhof cemetery will be seen on the left when entering Honinger Platz. On entering Koln Sudfriedhof, follow the main cemetery road which leads to Cologne War Cemetery.
    Historical Information: Cologne was entered by Commonwealth forces on 6 December 1918 and occupied under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles until January 1926. COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY was used during the war for the burial of more than 1,000 Allied prisoners, as well as German servicemen. After the Armistice it was used by the occupying garrison. In 1922 it was decided that the graves of Commonwealth servicemen who had died all over Germany should be brought together into four permanent cemeteries. Cologne Southern was one of those chosen and the following year, graves were brought in from 183 burial grounds* in Hanover, Hesse, the Rhine and Westphalia. There are now 2,482 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the Commonwealth plots at Cologne. The total includes special memorials to a number of casualties buried in other cemeteries in Germany whose graves could not be found. The Commonwealth section of the cemetery also contains 132 Second World War graves, mostly those of servicemen who died with the occupying forces. There are, in addition, 676 non-war graves and 29 burials of other nationalities. The COLOGNE MEMORIAL takes the form of panels set inside the north shelter building at the entrance to the Commonweatlh plots in Cologne Southern Cemetery. It commemorates 25 servicemen of the United Kingdom who died in Germany and who have no known grave. Of these, 19 are known to have died as prisoners and their places of burial are not recorded. The other six died after the Armistice by drowning and their bodies were not recovered. *The following cemeteries are among those from which graves were brought to Cologne: AACHEN MILITARY CEMETERY, 197 burials of sailors 1914-1919. BONN (POPPELSDORF) CEMETERY, 133 service and one civilian burial, all of 1919. The 47th General Hospital and the 21st Casualty Clearing Station were posted at Bonn. BUDERICH (FORT BLUCHER) PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, 39 burials of 1914-1919. COBLENZ FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, KARTHAUSE, 59 burials of 1915-1918. Coblenz was occupied by United States troops in December 1918. DORTMUND SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY, 53 burials of 1914-1918. DUISBURG TOWN CEMETERY, 35 burials of 1914-1919. DULMEN PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, 96 burials of 1915-1918. DUREN NEW TOWN CEMETERY, 79 burials, mostly of 1919. The 11th Stationary Hospital and the 17th Casualty Clearing Station were posted at Duren. DUSSELDORF NORTH CEMETERY, 24 burials of 1915-1918. ESSEN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY, 21 burials of 1917-1918. EUSKIRCHEN NEW TOWN CEMETERY, 75 service and one civilian burials of 1918-1919. The 42nd Stationary Hospital and the 47th Casualty Clearing Station were posted at Euskirchen. FRIEDRICHSFELD PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, 70 burials of 1916-1918. FRIEMERSHEIM CEMETERY, 20 burials of 1918. GELSENKIRCHEN WEST CEMETERY, 21 burials of 1917-1918. GEROLSTEIN MILITARY CEMETERY, 25 burials of 1918. JULICH MILITARY, 39 burials of 1915-1918. MULHEIM-AM-RUHR OLD TOWN CEMETERY, 49 burials of 1915-1918. MUNSTER (HAUSPITAL) PRISONERS OF WAR CEMETERY, 161 burials of 1914-1918. RECKLINGHAUSEN PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC AND SOUTH CEMETERIES, 26 burials of 1916-1918. TRIER TOWN CEMETERY, 48 burials of 1917-1918.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 3294

    JOHNSTON, STANLEY HERBERT Guardsman 2719691, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 24 October 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 7. Row F. Grave 7.

    CLUSKEY, PATRICK Guardsman 2719556, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 26 on 21 August 1945
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Cluskey; husband of Margaret Elizabeth Cluskey, of Northwood, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 7. Row F. Grave 21.

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    Cemetery: EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number: 01628 507200
    Location Information: Eindhoven is located 31 kilometres south-east of s'Hertogenbosch and 14 kilometres south-west of Helmond. The Cemetery is in Baffinlaan in the suburb of Woensel in the northern part of the town. From the E34 motorway turn off at the junction with N69 and follow the N69 in the direction of Eindhoven. At the second crossroads, turn right into Leostraat which forms part of the Eindhoven ring. Follow the ring along Piuslaan, Hugo van der Goeslaan, Jeroen Boschlaan, Insulindelaan and onto the N270; Onze Lieve Vrouwestraat. At the junction with the N265; the John F Kennedylaan, go straight over to the next junction with the Veldmaarschalk Montgomerylaan. Turn right here and follow this road to the crossroads. Turn right at the crossroads into Europalaan and take the second turning on the right into Baffinlaan. The cemetery is along here on the right hand side.
    Historical Information: Almost four-fifths of the men buried here belonged to the air forces, and lost their lives in raids over this part of Holland or in returning from Germany, between 1941 and 1944. Men of the land forces who are buried here died between September 1944 and May 1945. The 79th and 86th British General Hospitals were located at Eindhoven during almost all that period. There are now nearly 700, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 679

    HOLMES, RAYMOND, Guardsman 14673282, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 02 October 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot KK. Grave 138.

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    Cemetery: ENSCHEDE EASTERN GENERAL CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Locality: unspecified
    Visiting Information: Please note that this cemetery closes at 16.00. Location Information: Enchede is a large town in the Province of Overijssel, in the north-eastern part of the Netherlands, close to the German border. The cemetery is located in Noord Esmarkerrondweg opposite Lipperkerkstraat, on the eastern side of the town. The entrance is opposite a tyre replacement firm. The Second World War Commonwealth Plot is in the north-western part of the cemetery. The First World War Commonwealth Plot will be found by turning right past the building and following the first gravel path to Plot 12.
    Historical Information: Enschede Eastern General Cemetery contains 11 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. Second World War burials number 50, about half of them airmen, the rest members of the Commonwealth land forces, killed in the final stages of the war in Holland.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 59

    Photos courtesy of Forum member Patrick1974

    HARRIGAN, JAMES PATRICK Sergeant 2720971, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 36 on 02 April 1945
    Son of Daniel and Mary Harrigan; husband of Adelaide Harrigan, of Lee Green, London. B.A. (Oxon.).
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 203A.

    BERRY ALBERT, Guardsman 2722582, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 30 on 01 April 1945
    Son of George Albert and Mary Berry; husband of Edith Berry, of Nelson, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 204A

    ALBON, MAURICE BRIAN Guardsman 2724774, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 02 April 1945
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Albon, of Letchworth, Hertfordshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 205A.

    CASSIN J [ALIAS], SMITH ROBERT OLIVER, 13111455, Lance Serjeant, 3bn., Irish Guards who died on 02 April 1945.
    SMITH - the true family name. (Served as CASSIN).
    Son of John and Annie Smith, of Dublin, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Ref: Grave 194A.

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    Cemetery: ESTON CEMETERY
    Country: United Kingdom
    Locality: unspecified
    Location Information: Eston is on the northern boundary of the North Riding near the mouth of the Tees. The town is 240 miles north-west of London and 5 miles south-east of Middlesborough. The cemetery is situated a quarter of a mile north of Normanby on the road to South Bank. Historical Information: Eston Cemetery, was formed in 1863, and includes the old Church and Churchyard of St. Helen. Until 1935 it belonged to the Eston and Normanby Burial Board and was then taken over by Eston and Normanby Urban District Council. There is a group of 22 Second World War graves in Section P in the centre of the cemetery, one of which is the non-war grave of a Merchant Navy seaman whose death was not due to war service. There are 55 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war and 43, including 1 unidentified R.N. sailor, of the 1939-45 war here. The Cross is erected in front of the West Lodge.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 98

    BARRY, EDWARD ANTHONY, Guardsman 2717534, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 30
    on 16 May 1943
    Son of Edward and Bridget Barry, of Grangetown.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. L. Grave 50.

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    Cemetery: GEEL WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Belgium
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
    Location Information: Geel is located midway between Antwerpen (46 kilometres), Hasselt (38 kilometres) and Leuven. From St Amands Church on the Grote Markt in Geel proceed for 600 metres down Nieuwstraat to the end of De Billemontstraat. Turn left onto Sint Dimpnaplein, passing Sint Dimpnakerk on your right, and drive 600 metres down along 'Rijn' leading you eventually onto Molseweg. 600 metres after entering Molseweg you will see a sign indicating that Geel War Cemetery is another 300 metres to the left. This takes you onto Stalpaart. At the end of Stalpaart turn right into Tweeboomkes, and 50 metres further on the left is Geel War Cemetery.
    Historical Information: The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. In the early part of September 1944, Geel was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting encountered by Commonwealth troops since they had left Normandy. The 50th (Northumbrian) Division and the 15th Scottish Division were both involved here in the forcing of crossings of the Albert Canal and the Meuse-Escaut Canal, necessary for the advance into Holland. Some of the casualties they suffered were originally buried in a meadow near the centre of the commune, and some in the St. Dymphna civil cemetery; these graves were later moved into Geel War Cemetery. The cemetery contains 400 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, six of them unidentified.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 394

    DAVIDSON, THOMAS, Lance Serjeant 2721108, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 07 September 1944
    Son of Thomas Lambert Davidson and Mary Davidson, of Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham; husband of Nora Davidson, of Nottingham.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II.B.25.

    STONE, RUDOLPH EDWIN JOHN, Guardsman 2723891, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 07 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II.C.3.

    PROE, JOHN J LANCE, Serjeant2719998, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 07 September 1944
    Son of John William Proe, and of Maud Beatrice Proe, of Whiston, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II.C.16.
    [No. 1 Company]

    HUTCHMAN, LAWRENCE Guardsman 2717595, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 35 on 14 September 1944
    Son of Alexander and Kathren Hutchman; husband of Lenora Hutchman, of Pontypridd, Glamorgan.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II.D.1.

    KENNARD, HUMPHREY OSCAR COLERIDGE, Lieutenant 253922, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 14 September 1944
    Son of John Adam Gaskell Kennard and Lenore Mary Kennard, of Chelsea, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II.D.2.

    SHEARER, EDWARD Guardsman 2723868, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 14 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II.D.3.

    O'NEILL, JOHN JAMES, Lance Corporal 2723823, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 14 September 1944
    Son of Marie T. O'Neill, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II.D.4.

    HOUGHTON, WILFRED, Lance Corporal 2720034, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 14 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II.D.19.

    JOHNS, TOM, Serjeant 2720945, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 07 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IV.C.11.

    BRUCE, WILLIAM REGINALD RICHARD, Captain 176774, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 32 on 07 September 1944
    Son of Reginald Archibald Stewart Bruce and Julia Vivian Bruce; husband of Mirabel Melville Gray Bruce.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IV.C.13.

    SIMPSON, WILLIAM ABRAHAM, Guardsman 2723525, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 07 September 1944
    Son of William and Deborah Simpson, of Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IV.C.14.

    BRESLIN, EDWARD JOSEPH, Guardsman 2721333, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 07 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IV.C.15.

    PARSONS, ALAN Guardsman 14681745, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 07 September 1944
    Son of Sydney James Parsons and Hilda Maud Parsons, of Tydd St. Giles, Cambridgeshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IV.C.16.

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    Cemetery: GROESBEEK MEMORIAL
    Country: Netherlands
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to cemetery possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
    Location Information: Groesbeek is located 10 kilometres south east of the town of Nijmegen close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Memorial stands in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery which is 3 kilometres north of the village and 1.5 kilometres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt-Mook-Groesbeek, follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery, continue to the village of Groesbeek to a roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery lies 1 kilometre after entering this road on the right hand side of the road. The memorial stands within the cemetery.
    Historical Information: Allied forces entered the Netherlands on 12 September 1944. Airborne operations later that month established a bridgehead at Nijmegen and in the following months, coastal areas and ports were cleared and secured, but it was not until the German initiated offensive in the Ardennes had been repulsed that the drive into Germany could begin. Most of those buried in GROESBEEK CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY were Canadians, many of whom died in the Battle of the Rhineland, when the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisions and the 4th Canadian Armoured Division took part in the drive southwards from Nijmegen to clear the territory between the Maas and the Rhine in February and March 1945. Others buried here died earlier or later in the southern part of the Netherlands and in the Rhineland. The cemetery contains 2,610 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, and nine war graves of other nationalities. Within the cemetery stands the GROESBEEK MEMORIAL, which commemorates by name more than 1,000 members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe, and whose graves are not known.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 1030

    FRAIN, ANDREW FRANCIS, Guardsman 2719622, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 02 October 1944
    Son of Thomas and Margaret Frain; husband of Joan A. Frain, of East Grinstead, Sussex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 3.

    HENDERSON, CYRIL, Guardsman 2720683, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 07 December 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 3.

    MAXWELL, WILLIAM ALEXANDER Guardsman 14678822, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19
    on 02 October 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maxwell, of Dumfries.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 3.

    THORNLEY, JOHN CHARLES Guardsman 2723262, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 01 October 1944 [Brother Allan, 3 Bn., also killed, 7 June 1943]
    Son of George and Jessie Thornley, of Liverpool. His brother Gdsmn. Allan Thornley died in the United Kingdom.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 3.

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    Cemetery: HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Belgium
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to this cemetery is possible via the main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200. Location Information: Heverlee War Cemetery is located 30 kilometres from Brussels and 3 kilometres south of Leuven. Turn left out of Leuven railway station onto the Tiensevest (ring road R 23). Follow the Tiensevest through the junctions Tiensepoort and Parkpoort and along the Naamsepoort. Turn left at the Naamsepoort onto the Naamsesteenweg (N251), signposted Namen, Waver and Heverlee. Continue until you cross the railway line at Heverlee and take the first left turn into the Hertogstraat. Follow Hertogstraat to the end and turn right at the Sport Hall onto the Kerspelstraat. Continue down the Kerspelstraat until you come to a crossroads at which the cemetery is located.
    Historical Information: The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. The original burial ground at Heverlee was on the opposite side of the lane. It was used after the liberation for burials from the 101st British General Hospital, which was then housed in Heverlee Girl's School close by. In July 1946, the present cemetery was started and was used for burials brought in from a wide area round about. The cemetery now contains 977 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 37 of them unidentified. There are also 29 First World War burials which were brought into the cemetery from a number of communal cemeteries* in the area, where their security and maintenance could not be guaranteed. In addition to the Commonwealth burials, the cemetery also contains the graves of one American and 11 Polish airmen. * Wetteren Communal Cemetery, Gouvy Churchyard, Linerle, Uccle Communal Cemetery, Boneffe Churchyard, Luttre Communal Cemetery, Anderlecht Communal Cemetery, Sclayn Communal Cemetery, Tubize Communal Cemetery, Gerozstein German Military Cemetery.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 981

    MORAN, PATRICK EDWARD, Serjeant 2719817, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 02 January 1945
    Son of Charles and Nora Moran; husband of Kathleen Mary Moran, of Chaldon, Caterham, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. F. 1.

    WALKER, PETER Guardsman 2718774, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 34 on 14 September 1944
    Son of William and Elizabeth Walker; husband of Marjorie Winnifred Walker, of Westminster, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. H. 2.

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    Cemetery: HOTTOT-LES-BAGUES WAR CEMETERY
    Country: France
    Location Information: Hottot-les-Bagues is a village 14 kilometres south-east of Bayeux. This cemetery can be reached from Bayeux by taking the D6 south-eastwards. After about 13 kilometres and after passing through Tilly-sur-Seulles, turn right (westwards) at Juvigny onto the main road (the D9) that runs from Caen towards Caumont l'Evente. The cemetery will be found after a few hundred metres on the right hand side on rising ground.
    Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. Most of the burials in Hottot-les-Bagues War Cemetery were brought in from the surrounding district, where there was much heavy fighting through June and July 1944 as Commonwealth forces tried to press on from Bayeux in an encircling movement to the south of Caen. The cemetery contains 1,005 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 56 of them unidentified, and 132 German graves.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 1036

    WILLIAMS, ALBERT EDWARD, Guardsman 2722670, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 03 August 1944
    Son of William and Maud Amy Williams, of Gosfield, Essex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. D. 7.

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    Cemetery: JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.
    Location Information: The town of Nijmegen is located south of Arnhem and Jonkerbos War Cemetery is situated in the south west part of the town. From the A73/E31 motorway turn off at "Knooppunt Lindenholt", the junction with the A326/N326. Follow the N326 in the direction of Nijmegen over two roundabouts to a crossroads and at the crossroads turn right into Weg Door Jonkerbos. Follow this road under the railway and round a right hand bend. Just after the bend turn left into Burgemeester Daleslaan and the cemetery is a short way along here on the right.
    Historical Information: The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. Nijmegen was a front line town from 17 September 1944 until February 1945. The cemetery, which was created by No. 3 Casualty Clearing station, is in a wooded area known as Jonkers Bosch, from which it took its name. Jonkerbos War Cemetery contains 1,629 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 99 of them unidentified, and 13 war graves of other nationalities.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 1543

    DOYLE, WILLIAM JAMES Guardsman 14441956, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 01 October 1944
    Son of Anthony and Catherine Doyle, of Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 13. C. 7.

    KENT, FRED Guardsman 2722363, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 34 on 15 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 18. A. 3.

    DULLARD, PATRICK Lance Sergeant 2716800, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 34 on 25 October 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 18. A. 5.

    SARSFIELD-HALL, PATRICK GEOFFREY EDWARD, Lieutenant 228328, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards
    died age 22 on 28 October 1944
    Son of Edwin Geoffrey Sarsfield-Hall and of Ethel Robin Sarsfield-Hall (nee Clowes), of Keswick, Cumberland. B.A. (Oxon.).
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 18. A. 6.

    GILHAM, LESLIE JOHN Guardsman 14679953, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 01 October 1944
    Son of William Gilham, and of Helena Maud Gilham, of Higham, Kent.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 18. A. 7.

    O'NEILL, THOMAS C. Lance Serjeant 2720233, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died on 20 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 18. B. 4.

    PEMBERTON, PETER Guardsman 14677526, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 22 September 1944
    Son of Frank and Dorothy Pemberton, of Wem, Shropshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 18. B. 7.

    MEDLEY, PATRICK JOHN Guardsman 2719049, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 22 September 1944
    Son of John and Nora Medley; husband of Frances Vivian Medley, of Broseley, Shropshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 18. B. 8.

    MARLER, CHARLES HENRY JOHN Guardsman 2722006, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 01 October 1944
    Son of S. J. and Nellie Marler; husband of Elsie Doris Marler, of Wealdstone, Harrow, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 18. C. 2.

    GALE, JAMES ALFRED Guardsman 2723527, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 22 September 1944
    Son of Harry and Elizabeth Annie Gale, of Douglas, Isle of Man.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. A. 7.

    MULLEN, WILLIAM JOHN Serjeant 2719369, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 36 on 03 November 1944
    Son of Ellen Kelly, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. B. 7.

    ROURKE, WILLIAM Guardsman 2720320, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 29 September 1944
    Son of Edward and Alice Rourke.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. C. 6.

    SAMPEY, THOMAS, Guardsman 2720546, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 30 on 03 October 1944
    Son of Thomas and Harriet Sampey, of Manchester; husband of Winifred Sampey, of Manchester.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. D. 2.

    WATTS, ALFRED JOHN, Guardsman 2720212, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 26 on 04 October 1944
    Son of William and Hannah Elizabeth Watts, of Ewell, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. D. 3.

    POTTER, JOSEPH, Lance Serjeant 2722319, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 15 February 1945
    Son of Thomas and Louisa Potter, of Widnes, Lancashire; husband of Ethel Mary Potter, of Widnes.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. E. 8.

    SMITH, STANLEY ERIC THOMAS Guardsman 2724018, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 14 February 1945
    Son of George Thomas Smith and Florence Maud Smith, of Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. F. 2.

    OWTRAM, RICHARD MICHAEL, Guardsman 2722863, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 15 February 1945
    Son of the Revd. Cyril Owtram, and of Olive Owtram, of Beaufort West, Cape Province, South Africa.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. F. 3.

    DUNNE, MICHAEL, Serjeant, 3 times Mentioned in Despatches 2718093, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards
    who died age 33 on 15 February 1945
    Son of Joseph and Mary Dunne; husband of Margaret Barbara Anne Dunne, of Emsworth, Hampshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. F. 7.

    DOWNEY, WILLIAM, Guardsman 2724254, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 24 September 1944
    Son of Charles Henry and Eleanor Downey, of Liverpool; husband of Marie Elizabeth Downey, of Walton, Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. G. 8.

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    Cemetery: LEIGH CEMETERY
    Country: United Kingdom
    No. of Identified Casualties: 102

    ROTCHFORD, THOMAS Guardsman 2722987, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 03 May 1945
    Son of Patrick and Catherine Rotchford; husband of Constance Rotchford, of Leigh.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 28. Grave B. 32.

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    Cemetery: LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Belgium
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number: 01628 507200
    Location Information: Leopoldsburg (also known as Bourg-Leopold) is located 58 Kms north-east of Leuven on the N73. Follow the N73 into Leopoldsburg town centre. Follow the one-way system round the town and at the junction of the Koning Albert I Plein the cemetery is signposted. Follow the direction of the signpost to the right into Koning Albert I Plein. At the crossroads turn left into Priester Poppelaan and at the T junction turn right into Koning Leopold III Laan. At the crossroads turn left into Koning Leopold II Laan and the cemetery is sited 200 metres along on the right.
    Historical Information: The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. There are about 35 original burials in Leopoldsburg War Cemetery associated with isolated engagements in or near the town in May 1940. Of the remainder, some are burials from a military hospital which was established at Leopoldsburg during the latter part of 1944 and others were brought into the cemetery from the surrounding district. There are now 767 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War in the cemetery, 16 of them unidentified, and a number of Polish and Dutch war graves.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 782

    DEE, PATRICK BRIAN Guardsman 2723495, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 14 September 1944
    Son of William Arthur and Edith Maude Dee, of Loughton, Essex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 3.

    WALLACE, MICHAEL Guardsman 2724056, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 11 September 1944
    Son of William and Christina Wallace, of Thomondgate, Limerick, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 4.

    PRENDERGAST, JOHN, Serjeant 2719534, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 11 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 5.

    RAWLENCE, EDWARD ERNEST, Captain 219069, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 11 September 1944
    Son of George Norman and Sarah Margaret Fitzgerald Rawlence, of Bemerton, Salisbury.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 6.

    WILLIAMS, WALTER HAMILTON, Serjeant 2718183, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 17 September 1944
    Son of Walter and Sarah Williams; husband of Kathleen Williams, of Chesham, Buckinghamshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 7.

    SPARLING, PATRICK JOSEPH Guardsman 2720492, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 11 September 1944
    Son of Thomas and Annie Sparling; husband of Thelma Constance Sparling, of Pinner, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 8.

    WHEATLEY, ROY Guardsman 2721019, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 19 September 1944
    Son of John Thomas Wheatley and Louisa Wheatley, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 19.

    REID, SIDNEY S LANCE, Corporal 2721583, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 26 on 16 September 1944
    Son of William and Mary Jane Reid; husband of Queenie Reid, of Watford, Hertfordshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. A. 10.

    DUNN, JOHN, Lance Serjeant 2719614, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 10 September 1944
    Son of Thomas and Margaret Dunn; husband of Helen Paterson Dunn, of Rankinstone, Ayrshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 12.

    ALLEN, ROBERT EDWIN, Serjeant 2718779, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 09 September 1944
    Son of Alfred and Rubina Allen; husband of Violet Allen, of Bolton, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. C. 7.

    DONNELLY, JAMES Guardsman 2724294, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 09 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. C. 8.

    MCCORMACK, NICHOLAS JAMES Guardsman 2723725, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 09 September 1944
    Son of Nicholas and Kathleen McCormack, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. C. 9.

    HOULAHAN, JOHN, Serjeant 2719554, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 31 on 09 September 1944
    Son of John and Mary Houlahan; husband of Clarie Elsie Houlahan, of Brighton, Sussex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. D. 6.

    MOGEY, JAMES Guardsman 2718447, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 26 on 09 September 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Mogey; husband of Alma Dorothy Mary Mogey, of West Harrow, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. D. 10.

    SHAW, STANLEY Guardsman 2723125, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 08 September 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Shaw, of Anfield, Liverpool.

    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. D. 20.

    RICHARDSON, CYRIL JOSEPH, Lance Serjeant 2720044, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 18 September 1944
    Son of Gertrude Richardson, of Liverpool; husband of Edna Richardson, of Wavertree, Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. C. 2.

    MCKIBBIN, WILLIAM JOHN, Lance Serjeant 2720351, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 19 September 1944
    Son of Langtry and Agnes McKibbin; husband of Sarah J. McKibbin, of Waterside, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. E. 13.

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    Cemetery: LITTLE SHELFORD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD
    Country: United Kingdom
    Historical Information: There are 2 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 1 of the 1939-1945 war here.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 3

    POOLEY, DEREK ARTHUR Guardsman 2723861, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 18 May 1945
    Son of Arthur William and Cecilia Mary Pooley, of Little Shelford.

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    Cemetery: LIVERPOOL (ANFIELD) CEMETERY
    Country: United Kingdom
    Historical Information: In December 1914, Liverpool became one of the 21 Auxiliary Patrol Bases and in February 1915, the base of the 10th Cruiser Squadron. During the Second World War, Liverpool was headquarters of Western Approaches Command and a manning depot for officers and men of the Merchant Navy who agreed to serve with the Royal Navy for the duration of the war. Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery contains burials of both wars. The majority are in two war graves plots in Section 5, with Screen Walls bearing the names of those buried there. The rest of the war burials are scattered throughout the cemetery. There are 445 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. Included in this total are 17 casualties who are commemorated by name on the Screen Wall as their graves in Bootle (St Mary) Churchyard and Liverpool (St James) Cemetery could no longer be maintained. Second World War burials number 459 including 2 unidentified British soldiers. There is also another Screen Wall memorial to those whose burials are not marked by headstones. There are also 67 war graves of other nationalities, the majority of them Dutch and Norwegian Merchant seamen, and there are 9 non war service burials here.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 979

    BOWEN, W ILLIAM, Guardsman 2723089, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 14 October 1943
    Son of Albert Ernest and Jane Bowen, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. 22. C. of E. Grave 2246.

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    Cemetery: LIVERPOOL (WEST DERBY) CEMETERY
    Country: United Kingdom
    Historical Information: There are 108 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 129 of the 1939-1945 war here. Those whose graves are not marked by headstones are named on 2 denominational Screen Wall memorials. The graves are scattered throughout the cemetery in denominational plots. There are also 2 Foreign National war burials.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 240

    THORNLEY, ALLAN, Guardsman 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 07 June 1943
    Son of George and Jessie Henderson Thornley, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. B. C. of E. Grave 73.
    [His brother John Charles 3 Bn, also died on service, 1 Oct 1944]
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    Cemetery: MAARHEEZE (STERKSEL MONASTERY) CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Visiting Information: Parking is available for most visitors able to walk from the Monastery to the cemetery itself. For disabled visitors access to the cemetery entrance by car is possible by driving through the Hospital site. Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
    Location Information: Sterksel is a village approximately 20 kilometres south east of Eindhoven. The Cemetery is best approached via the villages of Geldrop and Heeze, which lie to the east of Eindhoven. Approximately 4 kilometres south of the village of Heeze before entering Sterksel lies the signpost indicating the left hand turning to the cemetery in the Albertlaan. The vistors car park is at the end of the Albertlaan. From the car park follow the path that runs to the right along the front of the building and past the football field, turn right into the beech avenue and the cemetery is along here on the left.
    Historical Information: The cemetery is within the grounds of the Monastery, which was used as a hospital by the British Army from September 18th, 1944, for about a year.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 42

    LALLY, JOHN PATRICK Lance Corporal 2723077, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 09 October 1944
    Son of James and Julia Lally; husband of Bridget Ann Lally, of Huddersfield.Grave/Memorial Reference: Row A. Grave 4.

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    Cemetery: MANCHESTER (GORTON) CEMETERY
    Country: United Kingdom
    Historical Information: During the First World War, Manchester contained between thirty and forty war hospitals, including the 2nd Western General Hospital and the Nell Lane Military Hospital for prisoners of war. Many of those buried in the cemeteries and churchyards of the city died in these hospitals. During the Second World War, there was a Royal Air Force Station at Heaton Park, Manchester. There are now 69 First World War casualties and 88 from the Second World War buried or commemorated in Manchester (Gorton) Cemetery. The burials are scattered throughout the cemetery and a Screen Wall bears the names of 15 First World War casualties whose graves could not be individually marked. There are also three Special Memorials commemorating casualties whose graves in Gorton (Brookfield) Unitarian Chapelyard can no longer be maintained. The cemetery also has a Cross of Sacrifice.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 158

    LEES, ARTHUR, Lance Corporal 2722513, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 34 on 10 November 1944
    Son of Samuel and Sarah Ann Lees, of Manchester; husband of Evelyn Lees, of Reddish, Stockport, Cheshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. X. Grave 105.

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    Cemetery: MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.
    Location Information: Milsbeek is a village 15 kilometres from Nijmegen. Leave the A73 at the junction Overasselt-Mook-Groesbeek in the direction of Mook along the N271. 8 kilometres after passing through the village of Mook lies the village of Milsbeek. Signposts in Milsbeek indicate the direction of the church with the Commission cemetery at the rear of the churchyard. Signposts direct visitors from the N271 Rijksweg onto the Zwarteweg. Turning left at the second road junction leads onto the Pastoor Hoefnagelstraat. At the end of this road turn right into Kerkstraat and the cemetery is behind the church on your left.
    Historical Information: The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. With a few exceptions, burials at Milsbeek War Cemetery date from February and March 1945, the days of the advance into Germany. They include men from the 51st (Highland) Division, the 52nd (Lowland) Division, and the 3rd Battalion Irish Guards. The cemetery contains 210 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 210

    LYONS, JOHN JOSEPH, Serjeant 2717698, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 21 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 6.

    UNSWORTH, THOMAS, Lance Serjeant 2719613, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 34 on 21 February 1945
    Husband of Jessie Unsworth, of Gorton, Manchester.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 7.

    PENFOLD, JOHN, Guardsman 2724283, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 21 February 1945
    Son of John and Olive Penfold, of Chobham, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 8.

    ALLBUTT, LESLIE LEONARD, Guardsman 2724407, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 21 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 1.

    TORR, STANLEY JAMES Guardsman 2724288, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 21 February 1945
    Son of George and Jane Torr, of Hoxton, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 2.

    HUBBARD, ERIC RONALD, Guardsman 2724279, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Jesse Samuel and Rose Hubbard, of Sittingbourne, Kent.#Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 3.

    KENNEDY, DARBY MICHAEL [John], Major, M.C., 94576, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 21 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 4.

    FISHER-ROWE, GUY EDWARD, Major 102718, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 21 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 5.

    STEPHENSON, THOMAS HENRY T H Lance Corporal 14665889, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28
    on 21 February 1945
    Son of Thomas Henry and Magdalene Stephenson; husband of Olive Beatrice Stephenson (nee Ions), of Gateshead, Co. Durham.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 1.

    SMITH, STANLEY JOHN, Guardsman 2722871, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Benjamin and Cecilia Smith, of Daubhill, Bolton, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 3.

    KELLY, CLIFFORD, Guardsman 2719839, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 21 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 4.

    ORMOND, JOHN MICHAEL Guardsman 2723438, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 21 February 1945
    Son of John and Anne Ormond, of Rainhill, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 5.

    MURRAY, JAMES ALFRED, Lance Corporal 2723538, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 21 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 6.

    WILLSHAW, JACK, Lance Corporal 2722238, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 31 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Alfred and Janet Willshaw; husband of Ivy Elizabeth Willshaw, of Edgware, Middlesex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 7.

    IFOULD, JOHN ARTHUR, Guardsman 2724336, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Albert and Alice Lillian Ifould, of Chichester Sussex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 8.

    GILES, GILBERT GEORGE, Guardsman 2724458, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 32 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Frederick and Alice Giles; husband of Olive Giles.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 9.

    BOLAND, MICHAEL PATRICK, Guardsman 2721083, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Michael Francis and Violet Fanny Boland, of Bicester, Oxfordshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 10.
    [His brother Lional Albert also died on service.
    LIONAL ALBERT BOLAND, Guardsman 5347756, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 04 August 1944
    Son of Michael Francis and Violet Fanny Boland, of Bicester, Oxfordshire. His brother Michael Patrick also died on service.
    Remembered with honour ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave III. G. 3-12.]

    POOK, WALTER EDWARD Guardsman 2724202, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Thomas and Florence Pook, of Peckham, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 11.

    KEEN, ALBERT LEONARD, Guardsman 14581944, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Tom and Amy Keen, of Notting Hill, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 12.

    LAYDE, REDMOND, Lance Corporal 2723768, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Daniel Layde and of Mary Layde (nee O'Hanlon), of West Kensington, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 13.

    PAVEY, ERNEST WALTER Guardsman 14680268, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Charles and Lily Pavey, of Codmoore Hill, Sussex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 14.

    KANE, JAMES, Lance Corporal 2717050, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 36 on 21 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 15.

    PENNINGTON, THOMAS Guardsman 2720550, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 21 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 5.

    FOLLIS, ARTHUR JAMES Guardsman 2719918, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 21 February 1945
    Son of John and Gertrude Beatrice Follis, of St. Helens, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 6.

    MYERS, GORDON, Lance Serjeant 2722988, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Thomas Oscar and Annie Myers, of Ripon, Yorkshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 8.

    ASHWORTH, EDWARD, Guardsman 2722895, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Ashworth, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 9.

    GILMORE, GEORGE, Lance Corporal 2717800, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 29 on 21 February 1945
    Husband of Georgina Gilmore, of Ballynahinch, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. G. 10.

    BOSWELL, THOMAS, Lance Serjeant 2721313, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 14 February 1945
    Son of Thomas and Martha Ellen Boswell; husband of Ann Boswell, of Gorton, Manchester.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 3.

    ASHTON, JOHN, Serjeant 2721176, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 26 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Albert Victor and Therese Ashton, of Morecambe, Lancashire; husband of Enid Ashton, of Morecambe.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 4.

    BARRY, GERALD, Guardsman 2722072, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 36 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Nicholas and Anastatia Barry, of Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 5.

    KEATINGE, WILLIAM ALFRED Guardsman 2722891, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 23 on 15 February 1945
    Son of William and Sophia Keatinge, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 6.

    WHITE, HENRY, Lance Corporal 2722121, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 31 on 14 February 1945
    Son of Elizabeth White, of Gorton, Manchester.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 13.

    VENN, THOMAS Guardsman 14669019, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 21 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 14.

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    Cemetery: MOOK WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to site possible - may be by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number: 01628 507200 Location Information: Mook is a village on the main road from Nijmegen to Venlo and Maastricht, 11 kilometres south of Nijmegen. The War Cemetery lies on the road from Mook to Groesbeek. From the A73 motorway take the exit at the junction Overasselt Mook Groesbeek. Follow the N271 towards Mook village itself from which the cemetery is signposted, the Cemetery being situated on the Groesbeekseweg.
    Historical Information: The village was entered by parachutists of the 82nd U.S. Airborne Division on 17th September, 1944; fighting continued in and around the village for four or five days until British armoured troops completed its liberation. The men buried in this cemetery died for the most part either during the fighting in the vicinity in September and October 1944, or at the time of the advance into Germany in February 1945; a few were casualties during the intervening period of artillery and patrol activity. There are now 311, 1939-1945 Commonwealth war casualties commemorated in this site, of these 15 are unidentified. Also commemorated here are 11 Foreign National casualties.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 307

    Photos courtesy of Forum member Philip

    BROWN, ARTHUR THOMAS, Guardsman 2724382, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 05 March 1945
    Son of David and Ellen Brown, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 9.

    HEWITT, JAMES EDWARD Guardsman 2720527, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 05 March 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 16.

    FEARNYOUGH, JOHN WILLIAM Guardsman 2723100, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 28 on 05 March 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 19.

    GREENALL, HARRY EDWARD Guardsman2723676, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 19 on 06 March 1945
    Son of Harry and Esther Greenall, of Wallasey, Cheshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. C. 20.

    DOYLE, JAMES AUGUSTINE Guardsman 14436399, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 21 February 1945
    Son of James and Mary Ellen Doyle, of Dublin, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 20.

    BURTON, JOSEPH Guardsman 2722889, [3rd Bn., according to the IG WWII History] Irish Guards died age 23 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Joseph and Annie Burton, of Carshalton, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 21.

    SEPHTON, JAMES, Guardsman 2724075, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 16 February 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. D. 15.

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    Cemetery: NEERPELT COMMUNAL CEMETERY
    Country: Belgium
    Location Information: The village of Neerpelt is located north-east of the town of Mol on the N712. From the motorway E313 which runs between Antwerpen and Liege turn off at junction 23 Geel-West and onto the N19 direction Geel, follow the N19 to the junction with the N71 and turn onto the N71 direction Turnhout. Follow the N71 to the junction with the N712 and turn onto the N712 direction Overpelt. Follow the N712 through Overpelt and just before the railway crossing turn left into Clercxhoevestraat, at the end turn right into Nieuwstraat and the cemetery is along on the right. The graves are located towards the left hand side of the cemetery.
    Historical Information: The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. Neerpelt Communal Cemetery contains three Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 3

    STEVENSON, JAMES, Lance Corporal 2723810, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 11 September 1944
    Son of James William and Elsie Stevenson, of Cloughfold, Rossendale, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: South East Part.

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    Cemetery: NORTHWOOD CEMETERY
    Country: United Kingdom
    Historical Information: During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards. Many of the 63 Second World War Commonwealth burials at Northwood Cemetery were from the Royal Air Force station at Northolt, the premier fighter station for the defence of London and a famous Battle of Britain station. A wing of the Polish Air Force operated from Northolt at this time and 54 Polish airmen are also buried in the cemetery. Many of the Second World War graves will be found in the war graves plot in section H, the rest are scattered throughout the cemetery. Northwood Cemetery also contains five graves from the First World War.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 123

    GREY, ARTHUR BARRETT, Lieutenant, 156084, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 17 October 1942
    Son of Walter Barrett Joseph and Dorothy Grey, of St. John's Wood, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. H. Grave 320.

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    Cemetery: OXFORD (BOTLEY) CEMETERY
    Country: United Kingdom
    Location Information: Leave the Oxford Western bypass (A34) at the Botley Interchange (A34-A420 junction). From the raised roundabout take the exit signposted Oxford A420. At the traffic lights at the bottom of the slipway, bear left then immediately right into North Hinksey Lane. After about 100 metres the lane bends sharp left. The entrance to the Cemetery is about 50 metres beyond the sharp bend on the right hand side. Vehicle access is permitted into the Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Plot is at the end of the driveway behind the Chapel.
    Historical Information: During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards. During the First World War, the 3rd Southern General Hospital (an Oxfordshire Territorial Unit) was housed in the Examination Schools and a number of other buildings in Oxford. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery contains 156 burials from the First World War, all in the war graves plot in section I/1. The cemetery was designated a Royal Air Force regional cemetery during the Second World War and was used by RAF stations in Berkshire and neighbouring counties. Practically all of the 516 Second World War burials (one of them unidentified) are in the war graves plot, which was extended from the section used during the First World War. In addition to the Commonwealth war graves, Oxford (Botley) Cemetery contains almost 70 war graves of other nationalities.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 741

    VERNEDE, JOHN GRIFFITH Lance Corporal 2723535, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 06 May 1945
    Son of Conrad Ridsdale Beaver Vernede and Maude Gertrude Vernede.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot I/1. Grave 198.


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    Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
    Country: France
    Location Information: Ranville is best reached by taking the D513 north-eastwards out of Caen, and after about 9 kilometres turning left at Herouvillette. Go north for one kilometre and then turn left into Ranville village. The War Cemetery is on Rue des Airbornes.
    Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. Ranville was the first village to be liberated in France when the bridge over the Caen Canal was captured intact in the early hours of 6 June by troops of the 6th Airborne Division, who were landed nearby by parachute and glider. Many of the division's casualties are buried in Ranville War Cemetery and the adjoining churchyard The CEMETERY contains 2,235 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 97 of them unidentified. There are also 330 German graves and a few burials of other nationalities. The CHURCHYARD contains 47 Commonwealth burials, one of which is unidentified, and one German grave.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 2415

    GRANT, IAN DOUGLAS RUTHERFORD, Captain 108939, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27
    on 18 July 1944
    Son of Douglas Joseph and Elspeth Rutherford Grant; husband of Maureen Frances Grace Grant, of Copthorne Bank, Sussex. B.A. (Oxon.).Grave/Memorial Reference: IVA. N. 15.

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    Cemetery: REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Germany
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible via the main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200. Location Information: The cemetery is 5 kilometres south west of Kleve. From Kleve take the Hoffmannallee from the town centre, which becomes the Materbornerallee. This road enters Reichswald Forest and becomes the Grunewaldstrasse. Follow the directions for Gennep, and on entering Reichswald Forest the cemetery is situated 500 metres on the left.
    Historical Information: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery was created after the Second World War when burials were brought in from all over western Germany and is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the country. Some of those members of the land forces buried there died in the advance through Reichswald Forest in February 1945. Others died crossing the Rhine, among them members of the airborne forces whose bodies were brought from Hamminkeln, where landings were made by the 6th Airborne Division from bases in England. Some of the airmen buried in the cemetery lost their lives in supporting the advance into Germany, but most died earlier in the war in the intensive air attacks over Germany. Their graves were brought in from cemeteries and isolated sites in the surrounding area. There are now 7,594 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 176 of the burials are unidentified. There are also 79 war graves of other nationalities, most of them Polish.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 7495

    WADE, REGINALD HAROLD Guardsman 2724097, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 05 March 1945
    Son of Harold and Alice Wade, of Upper Norwood, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 43. E. 2.

    PRIOR, ROY Lance Serjeant 2722012, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 05 March 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 43. E. 3.

    DEVINE, ROBERT JAMES Guardsman 2724791, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 05 March 1945
    Son of Samuel and Martha Devine, of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.Grave/Memorial Reference: 43. E. 4.

    MORIARTY, ANTHONY Guardsman 2724801, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 04 March 1945
    Son of Timothy Moriarty, and of Bridget Moriarty, of Tralee, Co. Kerry, Irish Republic.Grave/Memorial Reference: 43. E. 5.

    MOLLARD, COLIN Guardsman M M 2723687, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 04 March 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 43. E. 6.

    BEGLEY, JOSEPH PETER Guardsman 2724789, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 04 March 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 43. E. 7.

    LENNON, JOSEPH, Lance Serjeant 2721106, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Cornelius and Ellen Lennon; husband of Josephine Lennon, of Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 43. E. 9.

    MULCAHY G, Guardsman 2724301, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 21 February 1945
    Son of Mrs. J. Mulcahy, of Clogheen, Co. Tipperary, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 43. E. 10.

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    Cemetery: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Germany
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200
    Location Information: Rheinberg is 24 kilometres north of Krefeld and 13 kilometres south of Wesel. The cemetery is 3 kilometres south of the centre of the town of Rheinberg on the road to Kamp Lintfort. From the motorway 57, turn off at Rheinberg and at the T junction follow the B.510 (Rheinberger Strasse) in the direction Kamp Lintfort. The cemetery is a short way along this road on the right.
    Historical Information: The site of Rheinberg War Cemetery was chosen in April 1946 by the Army Graves Service for the assembly of Commonwealth graves recovered from numerous German cemeteries in the area. The majority of those now buried in the cemetery were airmen, whose graves were brought in from Dusseldorf, Krefeld, Munchen-Gladbach, Essen, Aachen and Dortmund; 450 graves were from Cologne alone. The men of the other fighting services buried here mostly lost their lives during the battle of the Rhineland, or in the advance from the Rhine to the Elbe. There are now 3,326 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated at Rheinberg War Cemetery. 156 of the burials are unidentified. There are also nine war graves of other nationalities, most of them Polish.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 3179

    LYNCH, JOHN, Guardsman 2723420, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 21 February 1945
    Son of George and Catherine Lynch.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 12. A. 7.

    FOSTER, WILLIAM HENRY, Guardsman 2722131, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Herbert Henry and Kathleen Cambell Foster, of Beswick, Manchester.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 12. A. 8.

    STACEY, JOHN GRAHAME Serjeant 2723011, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 02 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 13. B. 17.

    WELCH, CHARLES MAXIMILIAN Guardsman 2724017, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 02 April 1945
    Son of Harold and Beatrice Eleanor Welch, of Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 13. B. 19.

    RUSSELL, BRIAN BEVEN Lieutenant 278612, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 02 April 1945
    Son of Wing Cdr. G. H. Russell, D.F.C., and M. S. Russell; stepson of Maj. W. H. E. Welman, of Donaghadee, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 13. B. 23.

    SKINNER, CRAWFORD WEEDING Guardsman 2724181, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 02 April 1945
    Son of Robert Weeding Skinner and Mary Weeding Skinner.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 13. C. 1.

    BRIDGE, SIDNEY GEORGE Guardsman 2724739, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 02 April 1945
    Son of William and Ethel Bridge, of Billericay, Essex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 13. C. 2.

    ROSSITER, RICHARD Guardsman 2724463, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 02 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 13. C. 3.

    CARTLEDGE, SAMUEL Guardsman 2721125, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 07 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 12. K. 22.

    BERESFORD, WILLIAM Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.) 2720827, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28
    on 07 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 12. K. 23.

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    Cemetery: SAGE WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Germany
    Visiting Information: Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
    Location Information: Sage is a village 24 kilometres south of Oldenburg, a town 43 kilometres west of Bremen and 28 kilometres north of the main road from Bremen to Holland. The cemetery lies 2 kilometres south of the village on the west side of the road to Osnabruck. From the A1 Bremen/Munster motorway visitors should leave at the Wildeshousen Nord junction and take 213 following signs for Ahlhorn and Oldenburg. After 8 kilometres, and immediately after the village of Ahlhorn, turn right at the roundabout and follow signs for Oldenburg along the Oldenburgerstrasse. The cemetery lies on the left hand side of the road 4 kilometres from Ahlhorn.
    Historical Information: Sage was on the line of the Allied advance across northern Germany in 1945 but most of those buried at Sage War Cemetery were airmen lost in bombing raids over northern Europe whose graves were brought in from cemeteries in the Frisian Islands and other parts of north-west Germany. Sage War Cemetery contains 948 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 158 of them unidentified. There are also 23 war graves of other nationalities, most of them Polish.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 815

    CORKRUM, THOMAS ALBERT Lance Serjeant 2721593, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 36
    on 08 April 1945
    Son of George and Alice Corkrum, of Northampton; husband of Vera Corkrum, of Northampton.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 6. C. 3.

    ARKWRIGHT, JAMES Guardsman 2720765, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 09 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 6. C. 5.

    CHARLESWORTH, KENNETH Guardsman 2724351, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 08 April 1945
    Son of John and Rose E. Charlesworth, of Royal Oak, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 6. C. 9.

    ROBERTS, RAYMOND Guardsman 2724366, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 08 April 1945
    Son of Robert and Rose Roberts, of Wigan, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 6. C. 10.

    LLOYD, THOMAS DUDLEY Guardsman 2724306, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 09 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 6. D. 3.

    PEARCE, WALTER Guardsman 2721502, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 09 April 1945
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 6. D. 4.

    DUDLEY, MICHAEL VICTOR Major 93020, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 09 April 1945
    Son of Roland and Mabel F. Dudley; husband of Barbara Dudley, of Chelsea, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 6. D. 6.

    JOHNSON, WILLIAM RAYMOND Guardsman 2724948, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 09 April 1945
    Son of William Morrison Johnson and Lilian Violet Johnson, of Bebington, Cheshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 6. D. 7.

    HOOKER, ERNEST WILLIAM Guardsman 2723837, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 32 on 08 April 1945
    Son of Harry and Annie Maud Hooker, of Morden, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 10. C. 3.

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    Cemetery: SITTARD WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Location Information: Sittard lies on the main road from Maastricht to Roermond, 19 kilometres north east of Maastricht and 29 kilometres south west of Roermond. From Maastricht the E25 leads north east towards Lindelheuvel. From Lindelheuvel lies the right hand turning towards Sittard (5 kilometres). The cemetery is located approximately 1.5 kilometres from the town centre on a road called Kromstraat, a road leading from the Rijksweg Zuid. The cemetery can also be reached from a road leading from the N276 at the junction of the road running between Sittard and Geleen. At this junction follow the direction towards Sittard itself. Alternatively, approaching from the centre of Sittard follow the road towards Geleen. The cemetery is signposted thereafter.
    Historical Information: The burials in the cemetery, apart from a few dating from November 1944, are almost all from the months of January and February 1945. The men buried here belong mostly to the Scottish regiments of the 52nd (Lowland) Division, engaged in the battle in this vicinity from 18th to 24th January 1945, which had as its object the clearing of a salient west of the River Roer which was still held by the Germans. There are now over 230 1939-1945 War casualties commemorated in this site.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 233

    GROGAN, MAURICE, Guardsman 2723878, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 15 November 1944
    Son of Catherine Grogan, of West Town, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 3.

    WHATMOUGH, ALBERT EDWARD, Guardsman 2722365, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 34
    on 18 November 1944
    Son of Albert and Lavinia Whatmough; husband of Frances Lorraine Whatmough, of East Grinstead, Sussex.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 6.

    ROUEN, ANTHONY Guardsman 14690376, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 20 November 1944
    Son of Martin and Alice Rouen, of Accrington, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 10.

    MATTHEWS, THOMAS, Serjeant 2721847, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 25 November 1944
    Son of Thomas and Nora Matthews, of Middleton, Lancashire; husband of Ellen Matthews, of Middleton.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 11.

    Photos also courtesy of Philip, for the following Grenadier, Scots and Welsh Guards:

    Lance Corporal DENNIS FREDERICK LADDS 2612986, 2nd Bn., Grenadier Guards
    who died age 31 on 13 November 1944
    Son of Frederick William Joachim Ladds and Clara Ladds, of Cambridge; husband of Margery Osyth Louise Ladds, of Cambridge.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 1.
    http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll119/dbf_bucket/WAR%20GRAVES/LaddsGG.jpg
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2055317

    [Info courtesy of Owen: Grenadier Group took over Gangelt from the Americans on the 13/11/1944, but the town was regularly shelled. 1st Bn took 1 Officer wounded & two Other Ranks dead. Ladds from 2nd Bn is listed, in the Grenadier History Roll of Honour, as Killed in Action.]


    Guardsman ALFRED DOUGLAS RANDALL 2698672, Scots Guards who died age 24 on 29 November 1944
    Son of William and Alice Maud Randall, of Brixton, London; husband of Eileen Kitty Randall, of Brixton.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 12.
    http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll119/dbf_bucket/WAR%20GRAVES/RandallIG.jpg

    Warrant Officer Class II EDWARD VICTOR ADDIS 2734194, 1st Bn., Welsh Guards who died age 26 on 19 November 1944
    Son of John William and Martha Addis; husband of Selina Addis, of Kenley, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 9.
    http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll119/dbf_bucket/WAR%20GRAVES/AddisWG.jpg

    Guardsman KENNETH JACK EDWARDS 2739033, 1st Bn., Welsh Guards who died age 19 on 19 November 1944
    Son of Samuel J. and Rose Edwards, of Upton, Yorkshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: L. 8.
    http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll119/dbf_bucket/WAR%20GRAVES/EdardsWG.jpg

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    Cemetery: ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    Country: France
    Location Information: St. Charles de Percy is a village 44 kilometres south-west of Caen. Take the N175 south-westwards from Villers Bocage; after 5 kilometres take the left fork, the D577, towards Vire. After 15 kilometres, go through the little hamlet of La Ferroniere; turn left onto the D56 and right again after a few hundred metres. The War Cemetery will then be found on the left hand side.
    Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. St Charles de Percy War Cemetery is the southernmost of the Normandy cemeteries. The majority of those buried here died in late July and early August 1944 in the major thrust made from Caumont l'Evente towards Vire, to drive a wedge between the German 7th Army and Panzer Group West. The cemetery contains 809 Second World War burials.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 703

    BRITTON, GEORGE CARLTON, Lance Corporal 2723648, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 11 August 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. B. 14.

    CONROY, JOHN, Guardsman 2717181, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 35 on 11 August 1944
    Son of John and Julia Conroy; husband of Mary Conroy, of Paddington Green, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. B. 15.

    WARRINER, AUBRON, Guardsman 2721769, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 31 on 03 August 1944
    Son of Herbert and Sarah Jane Warriner, of Shirebrook, Nottinghamshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 8.

    FITT, GEORGE, Guardsman 2723874, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 03 August 1944
    Husband of Mary Fitt, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 9.

    QUINN, MICHAEL JOSEPH Guardsman, 24079, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 03 August 1944
    Son of Michael and Anne Quinn, of Spanish Point, Co. Clare, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 10.

    OULSNAM, JOHN WILLIAM Serjeant 2717277, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 32 on 03 August 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Oulsnam, of Chaddesden, Derbyshire; husband of Elizabeth Ann Oulsnam, of Walker, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 11.

    BYRNE, JOSEPH Guardsman 2724032, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 03 August 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 12.

    FRASER, EDWARD LAURIE, Guardsman 2719790, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 26
    on 11 August 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 8.

    ENGLAND, THOMAS HENRY, Lance Serjeant 2718941, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 11 August 1944
    Son of John and Sarah England, of Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 9.

    RAYNARD, WILLIAM, Lance Corporal 2717332, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 30 on 11 August 1944
    Son of William and Alice Raynard, of Batley, Yorkshire; husband of Alice Raynard, of Batley.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 10.

    LARKIN, DAVID, Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.) 2717614, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 32
    on 11 August 1944
    Son of James and Mary Larkin; husband of Catherine Mary Larkin, of Surbiton, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 11.

    MCCALLAN, PETER, Guardsman 2723871, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 11 August 1944
    Son of James and Brigid Ann McCallan, of Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 12.

    HENNESSY, JAMES, Guardsman 2718887, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 11 August 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 13.

    SMITH, HERBERT, Guardsman 14220908, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Arthur and Sophia Smith, of Oldham, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 14.

    LIONAL ALBERT BOLAND, Guardsman 5347756, 2nd Bn., Irish Guards who died age 23 on 04 August 1944
    Son of Michael Francis and Violet Fanny Boland, of Bicester, Oxfordshire.
    Remembered with honour ST. CHARLES DE PERCY WAR CEMETERY
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave III. G. 3-12.]
    [His brother Michael Patrick also died on service.
    BOLAND, MICHAEL PATRICK, Guardsman 2721083, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 21 February 1945
    Son of Michael Francis and Violet Fanny Boland, of Bicester, Oxfordshire. Remembered with honour MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 10.]

    DOUGLAS, WILLIAM JOSEPH, Serjeant 2720741, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 05 August 1944
    Son of Alexander and Annie Douglas, of Cloughmills, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland; husband of Kathleen Douglas, of Cloughmills.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. B. 1.

    WHITTAKER, ROBERT, Lance Corporal 2720865, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 09 August 1944
    Son of Robert and Alice Whittaker, of Higher Irlam, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. B. 3.

    WEINSTEIN, MEYERS, Guardsman 2721961, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 31 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Hyman and Fanny Weinstein, of Birmingham; husband of Florence Weinstein, of Birmingham.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. E. 6.

    PRICE, ERIC WILLIAM, Guardsman 2723906, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Alec Edwin and Violet Price, of Nelson, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. E. 7.

    MCLOUGHLIN, GEORGE Guardsman 2722080, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Mr. and Mrs. George McLoughlin, of Ormskirk, Lancashire; husband of Jessie McLoughlin, of Ormskirk.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. E. 8.

    WOODS, ELLISON MURRAY, Captain 149144, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 03 August 1944
    Son of John Murray Woods and Margaret Edith Constance Woods; husband of Aileen Woods, of South Kensington, London. B.A. (Oxon).
    Grave/Memorial Reference: V. G. 14.

    WILLIAMS, ROBERT, Lance Corporal 2719388, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 08 August 1944
    Adopted son of Thomas and Eliza Williams, of Londonderry, Northern Ireland; nephew of Violet M. Finlay, of Londonderry.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. B. 11.

    MEARS, RONALD JAMES, Lance Serjeant 2722056, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 32 on 03 August 1944
    Son of Henry James Mears and Alice Mears, of Brighton, Sussex; husband of Irene Mears.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. G. 2.

    ENGLISH, THOMAS JOSEPH, 2721894, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 08 August 1944
    Son of James and Margaret English, of Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. R. 10.

    SLOAN, GEORGE LASCELLES, Guardsman 2724138, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 03 August 1944
    Son of W. J. and Bessie Sloan, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. G. 1.

    LIPTROT, ALBERT PERCY, Guardsman 2722514, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 34 on 02 August 1944
    Son of Albert Percy and Agnes Liptrot, of Old Trafford, Manchester.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. G. 2.

    MCKIBBIN, RICHARD, Guardsman 2722785, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 04 August 1944
    Son of David James McKibbin and Mary McKibbin, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. A. 2.

    EAGER, GEORGE, Guardsman 2723836, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Thomas and Ellen Eager.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XI. G. 4.

    JONES, JOHN OWEN DORFIL, Guardsman 2721820, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 26 on 04 August 1944
    Son of John Dorfil Jones and Jane Jones, of Blaenau Festiniog, Merionethshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XI. G. 11.

    ANDERSON, EDMUND NOEL, Guardsman 2723353, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 03 August 1944
    Foster-son of Margaret Anderson, of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XI. G. 13.

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    Cemetery: ST. STEVENS-WOLUWE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
    Country: Belgium
    Location Information: The district of St-Stevens Woluwe is located south-west of Zaventem on the N2 which runs from Brussel to Leuven. From the ring round Brussel turn off at junction 3 St-Stevens-Woluwe, at the junction on top of the ring go straight over and follow the road into St-Stevens-Woluwe, at the junction with the N2 turn right and first right again into Kerkstraat. At the crossroads by the church turn right into Sint Stefaansstraat and then first left into Terwilgen, the cemetery is along on the left. The graves are located behind the memorial in the plot of honour.
    Historical Information: The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. St. Stevens-Woluwe Communal Cemetery contains four Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, one of which is unidentified.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 3

    Photos courtesy of Forum member Doc.

    NORTH, EDWARD MERVYN Guardsman 2719914, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 04 September 1944
    Son of Robert Henry James North and Dorothy Helen North, of Bude, Cornwall.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 1.

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    Cemetery: TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    Country: France
    Locality: unspecified Location Information: From Bayeux, take the D6 southeastwards for about 12 kilometres to Tilly-sur-Seulles. In the centre of the town, turn right (westwards) onto the D13. The cemetery will be found after about 1 kilometre on the left hand side.
    Historical Information: The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. There was heavy and fluctuating fighting in the vicinity of Tilly-sur-Seulles immediately after the landings involving chiefly the 49th and 50th Divisions. Tilly itself was not captured until 18 June and fighting continued nearby until mid July. The cemetery contains 990 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and 232 German graves.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 1142

    HARVEY, LEONARD FRANK, Guardsman 2720708, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 11 August 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. G.

    JORDAN, MICHAEL JOSEPH, Guardsman 2721588, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 30 on 11 August 1944
    Husband of Anne Jordan, of Farnworth, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. 2.

    HESKETH, GLYNN JAMES, Guardsman 2723954, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 11 August 1944
    Son of James Glyn Hesketh and Mary Glyn Hesketh, of Ormskirk, Lancashire; husband of Veronica Ann Hesketh, of Ormskirk.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. 3.

    LINDSAY, BERNARD ROBERT, Guardsman 2724051, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Bernard Thomas Lindsay and May Lindsay, of Latchford, Warrington, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. 4.

    COOKE, MAURICE ROGER, Lance Serjeant 2722104, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Frederick William and Marguerite Anna Cooke, of Peckham, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. 5.

    WATT, ROBERT JAMES, Guardsman 2719513, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 25 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Samuel and Matilda Watt, of Moorfields, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. 6.

    HULMES, HERBERT, Guardsman 2720361, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 28 on 11 August 1944
    Husband of Ann Hulmes, of Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. 8.

    MCEWAN, JOHN, Lance Corporal 2720234, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 27 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Richard James McEwan and Edith May McEwan; husband of Mildred McEwan, of Firswood, Manchester.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. 11.

    BARLOW, REGINALD LEONARD, Guardsman 2723812, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Margaret Elizbeth Barlow, of Plumstead, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. 12.

    ASPINALL, GEOFFREY THOMAS, Guardsman 14514367, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 18 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Thomas and Grace Aspinall, of Liverpool.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. B. 13.

    WRIGLEY, HERBERT, Guardsman 2721704, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 29 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Harry and Ruth Wrigley, of Delph, Yorkshire; husband of Lillie Wrigley, of Delph.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. E. 12.

    FITZMAURICE, LORD EDWARD NORMAN, Lieutenant 253926, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22
    on 11 August 1944
    Younger son of Lt.-Col. Henry William Edmund Petty-Fitzmaurice, D.S.O., M.V.O., 6th Marquess of Lansdowne, and the Marchioness of Lansdowne, of Bowood, Wiltshire.
    Remembered with honour TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. E. 9.
    [His brother also fell:
    Captain CHARLES HOPE FITZMAURICE LANSDOWNE 72231, Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps who died age 27 on 20 August 1944
    7th Marquess of Lansdowne. Son of Lt.-Col. Henry William Edmund Petty-Fitzmaurice, D.S.O., M.V.O., 6th Marquess of Lansdowne, and the Marchioness of Lansdowne, of Bowood, Wiltshire. B.A. (Oxon.). His brother Edward Norman also fell.
    Remembered with honour CASSINO MEMORIAL Panel 2]

    BOURKE, PATRICK O'DONNELL (POD), Lieutenant 295058, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 19 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Francis Patrick O'Donnell Bourke and of Jeanne O'Donnell Bourke (nee Driart), of Chelsea, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. E. 11.

    EARDLEY-WILMOT, ANTHONY REVELL MC, Major 104182, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 34
    on 11 August 1944
    Son of Maj. T. Eardley-Wilmot, D.S.O., and Mildred Clare Eardley-Wilmot, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. M.A. (Cantab.): Exhibitioner of Trinity College.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. H. 9.

    KINGSFORD, DESMOND GLOVER, MC Captain 121551, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 30
    on 10 August 1944
    Son of Douglas H. and Margaret M. Kingsford, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. H. 10.

    AMBROSE, ROBERT, Guardsman 2722999, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 22 on 11 August 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. H. 12.

    BORSBEY, JACK, Guardsman 2722123, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 24 on 11 August 1944
    Son of Fred and Flora Borsbey; husband of Juliette R. Borsbey (nee Aitken), of Bellahouston, Glasgow.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. H. 13.

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    Cemetery: VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    Country: Netherlands
    Location Information: Valkenswaard is located 9 kilometres from the Dutch-Belgian frontier on the main road from Eindhoven to Hasselt in Belgium. The cemetery is 4 kilometres south of Valkenswaard town centre. From the town centre, visitors should follow signs for Hasselt (N69), and the cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road.
    Historical Information: Valkenswaard was the first village to be liberated on the main line of the British advance into Holland in September 1944. The cemetery, which lies in a pinewood, contains over 220 graves, almost all of them are those of men who fell in the fighting in the woods around Valkenswaard during that month. All the men buried here belonged to the forces of the United Kingdom.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 216

    There are 6 photos of the headstones of Unnamed Irish Guardsmen buried at Valkenswaard; all are inscribed with the date 17th September 1944 and they may have served with either the 2nd or 3rd Battalions:

    A soldier of the 1939-1945 War, Irish Guards, 17 September 1944, Known Unto God

    DEE, MICHAEL Guardsman 2723677, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 17 September 1944
    Son of Patrick and Mary Dee, of Mount Collins, Co. Limerick, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 1.

    WATTERS, JOHN Lance Serjeant 2718606, 3rd Rn., Irish Guards who died age 29 on 17 September 1944
    Son of Bernard and Bidelia Watters; husband of Kathleen Watters, of Ballymurray, Co. Roscommon, Irish Republic.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 3.

    DELANEY, MICHAEL JOSEPH Lance Corporal 2703025, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 17 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 4.

    MALLON, NORMAN Guardsman 2718372, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died on 17 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 13.

    WATSON, THOMAS CROWE Guardsman 2724057, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 21 on 17 September 1944
    Son of Thomas and Mary Watson, of Dunmurray, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 14.

    WALKER, GEORGE EDWARD Guardsman 2718987, 3rd Bn., Irish Guards died age 20 on 17 September 1944
    Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 16.
     
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  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Excellent thread, Thank You for all the hard work.
     
  7. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    Interesting to read indeed, as we currently working on changing our forum and webpage, everything about the Betuwe is most welcome, we have a lot of WDs, but everything it most welcome and useful.
     
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Some filled in place names.
    V???AIJ = Venraij
    ANTWERP-BR?DA = Breda
     
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  9. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    Venraij will be Venray

    you should check you dutch Owen, hahahaha

    Nijmegen is spelled wrong a few times

    OPH?USDEN 5473 Opheusden

    PPANN??RDEN Pannerden

    ? MEUSE to ???TH River Meuse (Maas) to North



    its Jonkerbosch War Cemetery
     
  10. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    Hello to all those interested enough to read further.
    I have also tried to add to the document any casualties I could find on cwgc for 3rd Battalion Irish Guards. Obviously as many of you know, there is no easy way of doing this, so each cemetery report has to be searched. [Unless someone can tell me of another better way?


    Great project! See here, might help

    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/WW2/

    geoff
     
  11. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Update: Anyone wanting details of recommendations can contact me, as I now have them all transcribed.

    From Pages 599 & 600 History of Irish Guards in the Second World War by Fitzgerald; published Gale & Polden:

    NORTH-WEST EUROPE - 3RD BN. IRISH GUARDS - DECORATIONS

    Number/Rank/Name/TNA Ref

    Bar to D.S.O.

    28140 Lieut.-Colonel J.O.E. Vandeleur, D.S.O.
    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details

    Distinguished Service Order.

    28140 Lieut.-Colonel J.O.E. Vandeleur. WO 373/49 1944
    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details

    65413 Major B.O.P. Eugster, M.C. 1945 WO/373/53
    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details

    50869 Lieut.-Colonel D.H. Fitzgerald. 1945 WO 373/54
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7670457&queryType=1&resultcount =3

    Military Cross.

    237623 ** Lieutenant J.O. Stanley-Clarke 1945 373/51
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7667656&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    121551 Captain D.G. Kingsford. 1944 373/49
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7705946&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    104182 Major A.R. Eardley-Wilmot. 1944 373/49
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7705393&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    307919 Lieutenant R.H.S. O’Grady. 1945 373/54
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7670378&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    269231 Lieutenant J.R.A. MacMullen. 1945 373/54
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7670552&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    121346 Major A.P. Dodd. Irish-Guards [photo here, search under Dodd] 1945-1946 WO 373/56
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7672650&queryType=1&resultcount =2


    Distinguished Conduct Medal.

    2716645 Sergeant McElroy, A. 1945 373/51
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7667849&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2719057 ** Lance-Sergeant Helliwell, F. 1945 373/51
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7667850&queryType=1&resultcount =1


    Military Medal.

    2722207 Corporal Bolton, M. 1944-1945 373/50
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7667095&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2722539 Corporal Roberts, J. 1945 373/52
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7703248&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2718043 Guardsman Cullen, J. 1944-1945 373/50
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7667096&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2717358 Guardsman Greenan, J. 1944-1945 373/50
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7667097&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2717753 Guardsman Moynihan, P. 1945 373/52
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7703257&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2721687 * Guardsman Fielding, K. 1945 373/52
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7703254&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2723650 * Guardsman Trimble, Henry. 1945 373/52
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7703258&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2723687 * Guardsman Mollard, C. Irish-Guards [search under Mollard] 1945 373/52
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7703256&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2723977 * Guardsman Colthorpe, E. 1945 373/52
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7703252&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2722896 Lance-Corporal Brennan, R. Irish-Guards [search for Brennan] 1944 373/49
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7705598&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2721092 Corporal Veale, P. 1945 373/54
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7670732&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2721185 Guardsman Critchley, J. 1945 373/52
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7703253&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2721916 Lance-Sergeant Atkinson, J. 1944 373/53
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7669165&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2717572 W.O. II Black, J. 1945 373/54
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7670729&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2719257 Sergeant Byrne, P. 1945 373/54 [Have details]
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7670730&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2712585 Lance-Sergeant Wilkinson, R. 1945 373/54
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7670731&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2717080 Sergeant McClean. M. 1945 373/55
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7671384&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2718440 Sergeant Grant, J. 1945 373/55
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7671383&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2717873 W.O. II Ritchie, J. 1945-1946 373/56
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7672165&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2722375 Sergeant Cain, J. 1945-1946 373/56
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7672166&queryType=1&resultcount =1


    Croix De Guerre.
    228326 Captain J.A.H. Hendry. 1944 373/186
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7704692&queryType=1&resultcount =1

    2716900 Lance-Corporal Russell, R. 1944 373/186
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7705136&queryType=1&resultcount =1


    17 Mentioned in Despatches.
    Of which are:
    2718093 Sergeant Dunne, M. (twice)
    13111455 Lance-Sergeant Cassin, J.
    2722863 Guardsman Owtram, R.
    2717181 Guardsman Conroy, J.

    * Awarded MM for same incident.
    ** Mentioned in pgs 476 & 477 of IG WWII History, possibly for same incident as for above MMs.

    Please also note that I am unable to ascertain details of MIDs. This is a general problem and not just confined to Irish Guards' records.
     
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    FIELD RETURN OF OFFICERS
    3 Bn IRISH GUARDS
    For Week Ending 14 Oct 44

    PERS No / NAME & INITIALS / PARENT CORPS / DATE TAKEN ON STRENGTH / APPOINTMENT HELD / DATE ASSUMED PRESENT APPOINTMENT

    28140 / VANDELEUR, JOE / IRISH GUARDS / 24/07/41 / CO / 27/02/42
    50819 / FITZGERALD, DH / IG / 22/04/44 / 2IC / 22/04/44
    93090 / REID PFI / IG / 15/04/4? / COY COMD / 18/11/42
    93020 / DUDLEY MV / IG / 29/05/44 / COY COMD / 29/08/44
    101178 / FISHER-ROWE GE / IG / 16/08/44 / COY COMD / 16/0?/44
    102707 / HASELWOOD JSO / IG / 23/05/44 / COY COMD / 23/0?/44
    94571 / KENNEDY DM / IG / 30/09/44 / - /-
    108725 / MARTIN AC / IG / 2?/10/43 /- /-NOT PRESENT WITH UNIT
    114113 / GILLIAT DA / IG / 28/08/44 / COY 2IC / 28/0?/44
    186933 / FINDLAY JN / IG / 21/??/4? / A?T / 18/07/44
    2076?? / UDAL ER / IG / 30/04/4? / IO / 12/07/44
    ?243? / REYNOLDS WF / IG / 24/09/44 / ? / 12/??/44
    2283?? / HENDRY JAH / IG / 24/02/44 / COY COMD / 11/0?/44
    21425? / TAYLOR RC / IG / 14/08/43 / TO / 11/09/44
    228329 / EYRE J / IG / 08/09/43 SIG OFF / 08/09/43
    233623 / STANLEY-CLARKE J / IG / 18/12/44 / COY 2C / 12/09/44
    240636 / DOYLE P / IG 1?/03/44 COY 2IC / 11/09/44
    107431 / DU BOULAY, NH / IG 10/10/44 COY 2IC / 10/10/44
    22532? / SARSFIELD HALL ? / IG 30/09/44 / C? COMD / 30/09/44
    246151 / HASTINGS, R / IG 24/0?/4? / QM / 24/08/4?
    253923 / NIHILL AB / IG 25/07/44 / A??? / 07/09/44
    253924 / SARSFIELD DM / IG 09/09/43 AD?C 07/09/44
    25392? / WARNOCK GJ / IG 24/09/44 / PL COMD 24/09/44
    26923? / BAKER RB / IG / 30/04/44 / PL COMD 30/09/44
    278??7 / MAHAFFY R / IG / 23/0?/44 / PL COMD 23/08/44
    2785?? / MORRISEY ?A / IG / 24/09/44 / PL COMD 24/09/44
    29???? / RYDER EDD / IG / 25/0?/44 / PL COMD 25/07/44
    30794? / GOUGH HJ / IG / 28/07/44 / ? / 28/07/44
    307?92 / BOBBETT HJ / IG / 30/09/44 / PL COMD / 30/09/44
    27?60? / MATTHEWS E / IG / 30/09/44 / PL COMD / 30/07/44
    233193 / COMPTON ? / IG / 30/09/44 / ? / 30/09/4?
    241??? / THIN RT / RAMC / 07/09/43 / MO / 07/09/43
     
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    Top marks all around on this thread.
    Excellent research resource.
     
  14. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Fantastic work lads! Really really good!
     
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    Dated 27 Oct 1944, this gets a page all of its own, just because I feel like it …


    SECRET
    Subject: - German Stay-behind Pigeon Services

    Ocs All Coys.

    Reports have been received that the enemy is running an organised network of stay behind pigeon services in liberated countries, and captured agents have stated that pigeon agents are twice as numerous as W/T agents.

    The lofts are of two kinds: -

    (1) Small clandestine lofts from which birds would be despatched with information to central lofts beyond our lines.

    (2) Central lofts where this information would be relayed by W/T and which could organise supplies of birds to agents. Central lofts are known to exist at COLOGNE, FLUSHING, BERG (in the island of TRIEL) and possibly at PARIS and BRUSSELS which may still be operating from underground.

    Apart from their own birds the Germans have commandeered French, Belgian and Dutch pigeons. The German birds carry rings of the following types:-

    (a) WBNI plus number (WBNI standing for WEHRMACHT BRIEFTAUBE NEIDERLAND)

    (b) WBB0 plus an number (WBB0 standing for WEHRMACHT BRIEFTAUBE BELGIEN)

    The majority of the German birds also carry on their rings the word WEHRMACHT or WEHRMACHT BRIEFTAUBE. The ring numbers of the commandeered birds would be of the following types:-

    (a) HOLLAND-BELG-FRANCE 41 053917

    (b) HOLLAND-BELG-FRANCE 40 336810

    (c) HOLLAND-BELG-FRANCE 42 342180

    Units should be warned of the German use of pigeons for espionage purpose. Apart from the agents, the birds themselves are of value and should be seized, together with any message, forms, and message containers.

    Should any pigeon agents be captured, this HQ should be informed immediately through the normal channels.

    BLA, 27 Oct 44, TM.
    Copy to 2 I/C, IO
    (sd) E.R. Udal, Capt., I.O., 3 I.G.
     
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    IRISH GUARDS BATTLE GROUP
    (2nd Battalion and 3rd Battalion)

    NORMAL ORDER OF MARCH
    (Varied in detail, but not in principle.)

    “A” Coy./Sqdn. Battle Group.
    One troop tanks.
    One troop tanks carrying one infantry platoon.
    A detachment of Royal Engineers.
    Company and Squadron H.Qs. and Artillery Forward Observation Officer.
    Third troop and Squadron H.Q. troop carrying infantry platoons.
    Two 3-inch mortars.
    Two 6-pdr. anti-tank guns
    A section of carriers (for administrative purposes).
    Detachment of Pioneer Platoon.

    “R” (for Reconnaissance) Group.
    Officers commanding 3rd and 2nd (Armoured) Battalions.
    Representatives of the supporting arms.
    Honey tanks.
    Rear link and Command wireless trucks.

    “O” (Order) Group.
    O.C. Support Company.
    O.C. “B” Battle Group.
    Pioneer Platoon (less one detachment).
    One troop 17-pdr. anti-tank battery.
    A section of carriers.
    Two detachments 3-inch mortars.
    Two detachments 6-pdr. anti-tank platoons.
    2nd (Armoured) Battalion Regimental Aid Post.

    “B” Battle Group
    Squadron tanks.
    Infantry company in lorries.
    Artillery Forward Observation Officer.
    Detachment Royal Engineers.
    Two 3-inch mortars.
    Section of carriers.
    Detachment Pioneer Platoon.
    Two detachments 6-pdr. anti-tank platoons.

    “C” Battle Group.
    Squadron tanks.
    Infantry company in lorries.

    Reserve Group.
    Fourth infantry company in lorries.
    Main Battalion H.Q.
    Troop 17-pdr. anti-tank guns (towed).
    3rd Battalion Regimental Aid Post.
    Section of the Field Ambulance.
    “A” Echelon, 3rd Battalion.
    Medium M.G. Platoon.
    “F” Echelon, 2nd Battalion.
     
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    2 Armd Bn Irish Guards

    WAR DIARY
    UNIT: 2 ARMD IRISH GUARDS
    CO: LT.-COL. G.A.M. VANDELEUR
    1 SEPTEMBER
    10.00hrs
    The advance continued to ARRAS. We were still in Brigade reserve. The day was much as the two previous and we drove into ARRAS tired and dusty at 17.30hrs

    We were then ordered to occupy DOUAI before dark and given a company of 5 COLDM GDS to help in manning road blocks, drove to DOUAI without meeting any enemy except one unusually disagreeable officer whose car was packed with looted brandy and ??? the civilians were very eager to lynch. In DOUAI itself we got the warmest welcome so far - the crowd filled the streets, cheering wildly and often blocking the tanks’ way.

    The Squadrons each with a Platoon of infantry were disposed thus: - No. 1 Sqn the main ARRAS road, No. 2 Sq n on the LILLE road, No. 3 on the CAMBRAI road. Bn HQ stayed in the central Square.

    The Commanding Officer paid a visit to the mayor and Sub-Prefect in the Town Hall, and was greeted with speeches and toasts. From the Mayor’s office we rang up LILLE to enquire of the GERMAN’s progress and learnt that they were retreating fast and making no attempt to defend the city.

    Aided by FFI, who were really helpful here and properly organised, we rounded up some 200 prisoners from 6 different Divisions and various Static units. These were heartily booed by the crowds as they were marched to the Town Hall for incarceration.

    21.30hrs
    An enemy motorised column, probably from the Battle Group ????? Div holding ALBERT bumped into No. 3 Sqn. In the ????? Lt. J.A.P. SWANN was killed an Sjt MEWS taken prisoner. The enemy however, was repulsed from the position and lost 6 vehicles “brewed up” and some dozen men


    2 SEPTEMBER
    We remain in DOUAI, still cheered by the indefatigable crowds. Some more prisoners were taken, and a few collaborators were quickly sought out by FFI.

    11.15hrs
    The Mayor, Sub-Prefect and other civic worthies returned the Commanding Officer’s visit. The town band played “God Save the King” and the “Marseillaise”, and speeches were exchanged. Afterwards the Town Council and a good number of the townspeople drank toasts in the café where we had our HQ.

    14.30hrs
    The Bn moved some 2 miles N to WAZIERS on the main BRUSSELS road and harboured for the night. Again civilians cheered and swarmed over the tanks, and we had to enrol the FFI to control them.

    18.00hrs
    The Bn came under command 32nc Brigade and formed a Regimental Group with 3rd Bn IRISH GUARDS - a very happy partnership that has since continued with great success. The Group was commanded by Lt-Col J.O.E. VANDELEUR.

    Our orders were to advance early next day to BRUSSELS, the WELSH GUARDS GROUP leading and ourselves in reserve. The route was the main road, the speed all possible.

    5 GDS ARMD BED had a their axis the roads on our left.


    3 SEPTEMBER
    0700hrs
    The HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT passed through us leading the column, and after them the WELSH GUARDS GROUP.

    10.00hrs
    We moved ourselves and for the rest of the day drove almost without a stop. It was our longest drive, 82 miles in 13 hrs.
    The populace cheered and established plum apple and beer points along the road; the sun shone hotly and everyone enjoyed themselves enormously.

    17.00hrs
    After the Divisional Commander had held a conference by the road side, we received our orders for the entry into BRUSSELS. The 5 GDS ARMD BDE was directed on the N and W suburbs, the WELSH GUARDS GROUP to the centre and ourselves to the E to block the main roads of escape.

    Lt-Col. J.O.E. VANDELEUR therefore ordered three strong points to be formed, one on the main road to LOUVAIN at WOLUWE (6857 sheet 55) by No. 1 Company and No. 1 Squadron, one at the main X rds on the edge of the city (6751) by No. 3 and 4 Companies and No. 2 Squadron and the combined Hqs, and the third on a X rds in the FORET de SOIGNES (6949) by No. 2 Company and No. 3 Squadron.

    20.30hrs
    We turned off the main road to circle to the EAST of the city by ALSEMBERG (6643). The crowds now were thicker and more enthusiastic than ever and cheered each tank as it passed, shouting “Thank you, Thank you”.

    21.00hrs
    We were held up a short while by two German 3.7 guns firing down our road. The crews however were soon shifted by Browning and HE.
    The Squadrons then disperse to their areas and everyone was in position by 23.30hrs. It was very difficult to find the way through the streets by night, so a local guide was found for No. 1 Sqn, which had the hardest route.

    Prisoners began coming in almost at once, mostly from the CHATEAU DIETRICH, a former LUFTWAFFE HQ, some 500 yds form Bn HQ. Capt A.E. DORMAN while pulling Germans out of ditches was mistaken for one by some of 3rd Bn and shot through the leg. His annoyance was natural and great.

    The people were still crowding around the tanks kissing the Guardsmen, and we had to ask the police to make a cordon - which they did rather ineffectively. We found ourselves billets with ease, as the people gladly gave up their own beds so that their “biares liberateurs” could sleep in comfort.

    No-one in the Battalion will ever forget the night of our entry to BRUSSELS, and the joy and gratitude of the people: and many realised perhaps for the first time how very well-worth while the hardships and losses of the campaign in NORMANDY had been. Also the hatred of the GERMANS was more widespread and bitter than we might have expected.


    4 SEPTEMBER
    More prisoners came straggling in, they had been left behind in the general rout and showed little resistance.


    4 Officers were caught trying to escape by No. 3 Squadron, one of whom the people recognised as a leading GESTAPO agent in BRUSSELS. It was with some difficulty and reluctance that we prevented them lynching him on the spot. Even so he was kicked and spat at vigorously, to the discomfort of this escort, who got some of the “overs”.

    When about 200 prisoners were collected, we marched them through the city to the central cage. On the way there the crowds hissed and booed and spat to their hearts content. One moment they would kiss the escorts, the next kick the GERMANS.

    No. 1 Squadron and Major D.M.L. GORDON-WATSON MC meanwhile were busy on the aerodrome at WOLOWE where they knocked out 6 dual purpose 88s and about 40 of the crews. Great fun was had chasing the little men across the runways with HE.

    15.00hrs
    We were ordered to send a platoon and a troop of No. 3 Sqn to help some of the ARMEE BLANCHE besieged by the GERMANS near WATERLOO. 3 Enemy tanks and about 200 infantry were reported and alleged to be willing to surrender to regular troops.

    Lt. W.C.T. MacFETRIDGE took off his Troop, met the promised guide and then had his tank “brewed up” by a PANTHER which showed no sign of surrender. Lt.-Col. J.O.E. VANDELEUR, who had come to watch, lost his Scout Car a moment later, and the force withdrew by not before knocking out a Mk IV tank.

    Lt. McFETRIDGE made his way back on foot, swimming a rive en route. So the second battle of WATERLOO was not quite as successful as the first.

    REME also got mixed up with the ARMEE BLANCHE, and Staff Serjeants and EMEs were missing for days. Staff Serjeant GEORGE had stayed behind to mend a broken tank and got involved in battle on his way up to the Bn. The EME went to look for him and got cut off too. They all turned up in the end, after causing needless anxiety to everyone and doing no good to anyone.

    16.00hrs
    The WELSH GUARDS GROUP, after clearing the city of GERMANS, passed through us and relieved No. 3 Sqn which returned to Bn HQ.
    All the day, the crowds were cheering and celebrating their liberation indefatigably, but the Bn was still too busy to allow “walking out”.
    The night was passed peacefully.


    5 SEPTEMBER
    14.00hrs
    The Group concentrated and moved to the CHATEAU DIETRICH for 48 hrs rest, as we thought. Walking out was now possible and many badges and emblems were given to the local ladies for their favours.

    The new billets were very comfortable, though left by the GERMANS in a filthy state, and we looked forward to a good and long rest.

    16.00hrs
    The EME returned from his adventures and then shot himself in the knee.

    17.00hrs
    Orders were received to be ready to move next morning and continue the advance towards HOLLAND.

    23.00hrs
    The Commanding Officer, held his O Group. We were still in 32 GDS BDE reserve, and would follow the WELSH GUARDS GROUP starting at 10.30hrs next day. The Centre line went through LOUVAIN, BEERINGEN, MECHTEL on to EINDHOVEN. Slight opposition was expected and particularly on the canals and bridges.


    6 SEPTEMBER
    08.00hrs
    We were informed by Brigade HQ of a “Champagne Point” opened by the Belgians in the city. A large warehouse full of drink reserved for the WEHRMACHT had been handed over by the civic authorities to their gallant liberators, so Major D.A. PEEL took a lorry to collect as much as he could - in fact 28 cases of champagne and some other wines and liqueurs.

    10.30hrs
    The Bn moved on. The route was lined by cheering crowds as before and the crews collected piles of fruit during the day.

    16.00hrs
    The WELSH GUARDS reported the bridge at BEERINGEN over the ALBERT CANAL blown, but the far bank clear of enemy. The Bn therefore was ordered to harbour and be ready to move at 03.00hrs over a bridge erected by the Res during the night.

    We harboured in a small farm house in pelting rain and passed an uncomfortable night.


    7 SEPTEMBER
    Having got ready at 03.00hrs, we actually crossed the bridge at 13.00hrs. The WELSH GUARDS had met some opposition in the town and were much delayed in handing over to us.

    13.00hrs
    The Group was finally disposed in BEERINGEN. No. 2 Sqn and No. 3 Coy defending the bridge, No. 1 Coy and No. 2 Sqn holding the EAST end of the town, No. 2 Sqn and No. 2 Coy the NORTHERN and No. 4 Coy the SOUTHERN ends. There was still some opposition in the houses which had to be cleared up by No. 1 Coy’ and 6 SP guns in the fields N of the town towards the factory kept shooting into the streets. They knocked out a Scout Car and wounded some men during the afternoon. We learned later that they were part of 559 Heavy A Tk Bn and had dealings with them as far as EINDHOVEN where they disappeared.

    No. 2 Sqn passed some hours shooting up GERMAN infantry between town and the factory and coal mine 1000 yards N and No. 1 Sqn trying to work its way up the main road N lost 1 tank to a troublesome SP gun sitting in the middle of the road.

    15.30hrs
    The Commanding Officer decided to attack and clear the coal mine area, the centre of the enemy resistance where a large slag heap gave them good observation, with No. 3 Coy and No. 3 Sqn.

    The axis of advance was to be the secondary road between the canal and the main road, though some difficulty was expected from the small bridges over a dyke just outside the town. Two Field Regts and 1 Medium Regt RA would support.

    17.30hrs
    The attack went in controlled by the Commanding Officer from an OP in a convent. The smoke screen laid to cover the crossing if the crossing of the small bridge was wasted as the bridge broke under the first tank which promptly bogged itself. This caused a delay of half an hour while more smoke shells were got ready and the tanks tried a disused railway bridge.

    18.00hrs
    The attack went in again and though the leading tank, Lt. H.H. MacDERMOTT’s was knocked out just over the bridge, the rest of the Squadron got across, linked up with the infantry and advanced against small opposition to the coal mine. On the way they shot up 6 lorries and about a platoon of infantry. Meanwhile the SP on the main road was “brewed up” by a concerted shoot of No. 2 and No. 1 Squadrons. Two A Tk guns also on the road were destroyed and the area consolidated for the night, just as No. 3 Sqn were drawing into harbour, another Tank was knocked out by a SP gun further N up the road.


    8 SEPTEMBER
    06.00hrs
    From daybreak shots were exchanged by No. 3 Sqn with the enemy to the N. Some shells and mortars fell on our positions, wounding Lt. T.E. HALLINAN (No. 1 Sqn), but otherwise doing no damage. An enemy SP gun cunningly stalked No. 3 Sqn’s leading Troop and brewed up 2 tanks one behind the other in quick succession, but no counter attack was attempted.

    10.00hrs
    The COLDSTREAM GROUP passed through us on their way to BOURG LEOPOLD, which they captured two days later.

    12.00hrs
    We started handing over BEERINGEN to a mixture of FREE BELGIANS and 231 BRIGADE and prepared to move on.

    17.00hrs
    Orders were received to relieve the WELSH GUARDS at HELCHTEREN 3575 (Sheet 47) and clear the main Cross Roads of enemy interference.
    Owing to the traffic congestion in BEERINGEN it was 20.00hrs before the Group was concentrated on the main road SW of HELCHTEREN and orders could be issued for the attack. No. 1 Coy with half No. 1 Sqn was to hold the houses E of the Cross Roads, No. 2 Coy with the rest of No. 1 Sqn the woods to the S, No. 3 Sqn and No. 3 Coy the N flank and No. 4 Coy and No. 2 Sqn the WEST protecting Bn Hqs.

    21.00hrs
    The attack began in darkness. The only light came from burning houses and haystacks, which made contact between the Tanks and infantry almost impossible. Slight opposition was met everywhere, more especially by No. 2 Coy and half No. 1 Sqn which lost 1 Tank to a Bazooka. L/Sjt RATCLIFFE, the Medical Serjeant, was killed while trying to find the wounded. His loss was much felt by the whole Bn.


    9 SEPTEMBER
    01.00hrs
    The Squadrons all reported in position and the infantry sent out contact patrols.

    08.00hrs
    No. 4 Coy and No. 2 Sqn swept the town for enemy and found some dozen prisoners from a GAF battle grop which had been ordered to hold the line of the ALBERT CANAL arrived too late and dug in at HELCHTEREN and HECHTEL as second best.

    09.00hrs
    Quite heavy enemy mortaring began and infantry began infiltrating into the woods S and SE of the Cross Roads. The artillery was turned on the woods and no more trouble came from that quarter.

    The mortaring, however, wounded Capt. J.L.L. SAVILL badly in the eye, and Lt. M.H.C. MAHONEY and Lt. J.B. OSBORNE slightly. Capt. M.A. CALLENDER was also wounded in arms by a burst of Spandau, while doing a reconnaissance out of his tanks.

    11.00hrs
    We handed the Cross Roads over to FIFE and FORFAR YEOMANRY and were ordered to move N by a side road to the left of WELSH GUARDS who were attacking HECHTEL from S and W.

    On the way No. 2 Sqn spotted some enemy infantry creeping along a ditch and gave them ten minutes Browning and HE.
    14.00hrs

    We harboured in the woods 3477 between HECHTEL and BOURG LEOPOLD and received orders to attach EXEL and LIDLE St HUBERT next morning.
     

    Diary for 10 and 11 SEPTEMBER see Appendix ‘B’.
    The bridge-head was partly taken over by V COLDSTREAM GUARDS and a Bn of 231 Brigade. We still had to keep 2 Sqns, No. 3 and No. 1 in support. Lt. D. LAMPARD’s troop had a skirmish with some Germans establishing a road-block on the BELGIUM- DUTCH frontier. We suffered no damage and the enemy withdrew.

    Bn HQ changed from the main road to an empty house near the factory.

    Capt. M.J.P. O’COCK was promoted Major and took over command of No. 1 Sqn and Capt. R.S. LANGTON became his 2 i/c. Capt J.V.D. TAYLOR took up the appointment of Adjutant.
     

    13 SEPTEMBER
    The Corps Commander met the Commanding Officer and all the Squadron Leaders and congratulated the Bn on capturing this most important bridge. Our success had saved the whole of Second Army days in its advance and enabled him to bring forward the date of the Airborne landing. The capture of BRUSSELS had been good: this bridge was excellent.

    No. 1 Sqn had another small skirmish with the enemy and made them keep their proper distance.

    16.00hrs
    The Bn was relieved by 15/19th HUSSARS and withdrew two miles to the disused railway station of OVERPELT, for three days rest. The unfortunate 3rd Bn stayed in position N of the canal and was heavily counter attacked next day.


    14 SEPTEMBER
    Rest and maintenance. New tanks arrived to bring us up to strength.

    20.00hrs
    Bn HQ gave a dinner party for the Divisional and Brigade Commanders. The Station Master’s wife gave great assistance in preparing the dinner and Table and lent us her napery in return for being allowed to display the portrait of King LEOPOLD. In further recompense the MO promised to deliver her pregnant daughter should her time come during our stay.


    15 SEPTEMBER
    10.00hrs
    The Brigadier gave orders for the break out from the bridge head and the advance N to the ZUIDER ZEE. 5 GDS ARMD BDE would lead the Division and the IRISH GUARDS GROUP lead the Brigade.

    In support there would be 10 Fd and 3 Medium and 1 Heavy Regts RA, and Typhoons flying overhead and available on call.
    We were close advance N up the main road to link up with the AMERICAN and BRITISH AIRBORNE DIVISIONS at EINDHOVEN, GRAVE, NIJMEGEN and ARNHEM and then push ton to the ZUIDER ZEE at NUNSPEET consolidate and wait for the rest of SECOND ARMY to arrive. The next advance would then be on MUNSTER to cut off the RUHR.

    ‘D’ Day was 17 Sep, and the Airborne Corps would be dropped probably at 13.00hrs. The whole operation was called MARKET GARDEN.
    15.30hrs

    The Commanding Officer addressed all ranks, thanked them for their fine efforts and congratulated them on the successes gained.
    Afterwards religious services were held in memory of those who had been killed during the advance.

    18.00hrs
    The Commanding Officer gave out preliminary orders for MARKET GARDEN, but as yet no details.


    16 SEPTEMBER
    14.00hrs
    The Brigade Commander held a final conference for MARKET GARDEN. H hour for us would be 14.35hrs and the S.L. the F.D.L/s some 2000 yds N of the canal. A heavy barrage lifting at 200 yds a minute, the first half Field, the second half medium guns, would lead us up through the difficult wooded country as far as a small bridge S of VALKENSWAARD. This bridge caused some anxiety a no-one knew its capacity, so a bulldozer was given us to push in the banks of the stream and make a rough crossing if necessary. A “contact man” from the 101 AMERICAN AIRBORNE DIV and the wireless vehicle controlling the Typhoons would join us as soon as possible. Enemy opposition was estimated at 3 Battalions with some A Tk guns.

    18.00hrs
    Lt.-Col. J.O.E. VANDELEUR held a combined ‘O’ Group at our HQ. No. 3 Sqn was to lead without infantry, and its main task was to reach the small bridge, report on it and seize it for the rest of the Battalions to pass through. The RE Recce party and bulldozer would travel with Sqn HQ. Then would come No. 1 Sqn with No. 1 Coy on “tank back”, combined HQ, a Squadron of HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGT, No. 2 Sqn with No. 4 Coy, and finally No. 2 and No. 3 Coys in T.C.Ls.

    19.30hrs
    The “contact man” with his wireless set and the Typhoon control vehicle and two Liaison officers from the RAF reported to Bn HQ, and were put in the picture. They were to travel immediately to the Commanding Officer’s Scout Car.


    17 SEPTEMBER
    12.00hrs
    We received confirmation of the timings and news that the AIRBORNE CORPS was on its way.

    13.15hrs
    The Bn formed up ready to move with Air recognition strips prominently displayed.

    13.40hrs
    The leading Sqn passed over JOE’s bridge up to the S.L.

    14.00-14.20hrs
    The counter battery and preparatory bombardment came down

    14.25-14.45hrs
    Medium and heavy barrage lifting at 200 yds a minute covered the road from HOEK to VALKENSWAARD.

    14.30hrs-14.40hrs
    The Heavy mortars of 50 Div fired on known enemy localities to our front and flanks.

    14.32-1440hrs
    The 240 Field guns put down a concentration 1000 yds N of the S.L. and then lifted at 200 yds a minute till 14.55hrs.

    14.30hrs
    No. 3 Sqn moved up to the S.L. waiting for the barrage to begin.

    14.35hrs
    The Battalion advanced, keeping as close behind the barrage as possible. The clouds of dust raised made this difficult, but the leading tank managed to follow some 300 yds behind the hell bursts.

    For 10 minutes all went well, but suddenly the rear of No. 3 and head of No. 1 Sqns were attacked by infantry with Bazookas and Anti-Tk guns, and 9 tks were knocked out in two minutes.

    The remainder halted and got into defensive positions as best they could, spraying the edges of the wood and ditches with Browning and firing HE at any suspicious place.

    L/Sjt COWAN, No. 2 Sqn, saw a Self-Propelled gun and knocked it out, made the crew climb on the back of his tank and point out their friends positions, which they did gladly in return, as they thought, for their lives.

    Meanwhile Typhoons, were called for and answered immediately.

    In the next hour 230 sorties were flown and very low and accurate attacks made on the enemy. Our tanks burnt yellow smoke abundantly and though the rockets landed within 100 yds of them, there was never any likelihood of a mistake, so sure was the pilots’ aim. It is only true to say that but for the Typhoon Squadrons’ support, our advance could not have continued.

    15.30hrs
    The effect of the rockets, combined with the aggressiveness of our tanks and infantry, was almost instantaneous. Enemy came running out of the trenches trembling with fright and were sent doubling down the road in very quick time. All were still running when they passed Div HQ a mile the other side of the bridge. The 4th Bn DEVONS which had followed us up, clearing each side of the road, also dug a number of enemy out of trenches near Bn HQ with great vigour and relieved us from tiresome sniping.
    Interrogation showed the enemy to be mainly 6 PARA REGT with some REGT HOFFMAN. Most were new and ignorant recruits, others good fighters who had survived NORMANDY and the retreat. One DR acting as escort made his party travel at motor cycle pace. The MO enrolled others as unwilling stretcher bearers.

    1600hrs [WD is marked with hand-written note 16.40?]
    The medium barrage was ordered again after No. 3 Sqn had withdrawn 500 yds for safety. Some difficulty was experienced in turning around the bulldozer and it was 16.30hrs before firing could begin.

    16.30hrs [WD is marked with hand-written note 11.30?]
    The advance continued, with Typhoons still overhead and attacking some 88 guns they had seen well in front.
    Prisoners were still being taken. One warrant Officer from an Anti-Tank Coy said he had owned 10 7.62 Russian guns before the battle but none were now left working and very few of his crews alive. He could not decided which was the worse, the rockets or the Browning and was sent weeping down the road.

    We actually saw only 4 of the guns, but no more fired, so presumably he spoke the truth.

    17.30hrs [WD is marked with hand-written note 18.30?]
    The bridge was reported clear, intact and fit to carry tanks. No. 3 Sqn accordingly took up positions guarding it and No. 2 Sqn and No. 4 Coy were ordered to pass through them and capture VALKENSWAARD and No. 1 Sqn to mount No. 1 Coy again on tank back. Preliminary “stonks” also came down on the likely points of resistance in the town.

    17.45hrs [WD is marked with hand-written note 18.45?]
    4 88mm guns with their crews and towing vehicles were captured. They were from 602 Heavy AA Bn, and the crews in a great state of fear.

    Lt. B.C. ISITT in trying to destroy one gun, managed to fire it, thereby greatly alarming Bn HQ. The enemy trucks as usual were packed with loot.

    Enemy opposition had not completely given in, and all the while there was quite a deal of sniping. Both the Commanding Officer and Major D.M.L. GORDON-WATSON MC, had burst of Spandau just beside them, but no Germans came so near the mark as Lt. B.C. ISITT.

    19.30-20.30hrs
    The re-shuffling of the GROUP and crossing of the small bridge took some considerable time. Also the leading Sqn had to approach the town very cautiously, and it was dusk before Major E. . TYLER reported his Sqn in position covering the N exits. Again the only light was from houses set on fire by the shelling.

    The rest of the GROUP’s soon came up and harboured around the central square, blocking all roads, Some 30 prisoners of all sorts were taken including tow bicyclist scouts just back from EINDHOVEN who reported to us instead of their won commander. They were lodged for the night under the municipal bandstand, guarded by the Resistance. A German half-track later drove in - a welcome addition to the 3rd Bn’s transport.
    A Dutch civilian reported to Bn HQ from the resistance in EINDHOVEN. He was agreeable and informative, so we took him on strength of the Bn and gave him a seat in a HONEY with which he was well pleased.

    21.00hrs
    The Mayor’s clerk came running in to Bn HQ with a message telephoned by the German Commander in EINDHOVEN to his subordinate whom he thought to be still holding VALKENSWAARD. This unknown officer was to defend the town to the last man, with the assurance that reinforcements were on the way. Many very rude answers were given the clerk to send back. By arrangement with the girl in the Post Office, however, we kept contact with her counterpart in EINDHOVEN until 05.00hrs next morning when the line was cut. All she could tell us though was that the enemy were still there, and no sign had been seen of the AMERICAN AIRBORNE FORCES.

    22.00hrs
    Orders were issued for the advance at 07.00hrs next morning - the only difference being that HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGT Sqn would lead.
    The Bn then went to sleep.

    The day’s fighting cost us in all 9 tanks with 8 men killed and several wounded, including SSM PARKES killed and Lt. D. LAMPARD and Lt. B.P. QUINAN wounded.


    18 SEPTEMBER
    07.00hrs
    The Bns were ready to move behind HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY Sqn, but were delayed until 10.00hrs by the report of one JAGD PANTHER and 2 Self Propelled guns covering the road to AALST. We rang up the Station Master there and he confirmed their presence by the church.

    10.00hrs
    The leading Sqn (No. 2) pushed on and saw a Self-Propelled gun just S of AALST which L/Sjt COWAN immediately knocked out. N of AALST however the HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGT were held up by 4 88s covering the main road bridge over RIVER BOMMEL and reconnaissance and infantry holding houses on a side road to the left of the main road.
    A map found on the knocked out Self-Propelled Gun confirmed these positions, and heavy artillery fire was brought down on them. The crews, however, showed more spirit than their comrades of yesterday and manned their guns, firing at any tank that edged too far forward. Near the guns Spandau teams behind a concrete wall kept off the infantry.

    12.00hrs
    No. 1 Coy and No. 1 Sqn were ordered to try a circling movement on the left to get in behind the enemy defences and seize the bridge on the side road.

    The afternoon was passed in the reconnaissance and in No. 2 Sqn exchanging shots with the 88s.

    17.00hrs
    The Divisional and Brigade Commanders visited Bn HQ to find out the situation and give further orders. The AMERICAN AIRBORNE TROOPS were now in control of most of EINDHOVEN and the GRENADIER GUARDS who had tried to loop well to our left, had been unable to get on owing to the dykes and bad bridges.

    We discovered that the telephone system was still working and though we could not get anyone in EINDHOVEN, Major J.S.O. HASLEWOOD had a long conversation with an AMERICAN MAJOR at ZON who informed us that the bridge was blown but the approaches easy for rebuilding.

    17.30hrs
    A prisoner was captured by No. 1 Sqn from the 88 Battery who said his friends had been ordered to withdraw and had done so gladly a short while before. He himself had been left behind in the general scramble.

    The Divisional Commander, therefore, ordered us to advance and we met no further opposition. The 88s were found deserted and pitted with shrapnel.

    18.00hrs
    We entered EINDHOVEN cheered by the Dutch and Americans alke. A very satisfactory reception.
    By 20.00hrs we were harboured by the side of the main road at ZON with two Troops out in support of the bridgehead guards. Orders were received from Brigade to continue the advance next morning, but in reserved behind the GRENADIER GUARDS.


    19 SEPTEMBER
    10.00hrs
    We crossed the canal and drove steadily all morning through VEGHEL, UDEN and GRAVE. All the way we were greeted by cheering crowds and Americans, who were as glad to see us as we were to see them. As there was no sign of enemy, save prisoners. [sic]

    14.00hrs
    We stopped on the outskirts of NIJMEGEN at the village of MALDON, while the GRENADIER GUARDS contacted the Americans and attacked the enemy stronghold in the town.

    16.30hrs
    We were ordered to harbour where we were and rest as much as possible.

    18.00hrs
    We heard that both bridges were intact but held by the enemy.

    The GRENADIER GUARDS had captured the POST OFFICE supposed to be the control centre for demolishing the bridges, and the Dutch
    Resistance claimed to have removed the detonators from the charges days before.

    A good night’s rest was had by all.


    20 SEPTEMBER
    07.30hrs
    The Commanding Officer received orders to support the 504 US COMBAT TEAM in an assault across the river to capture the bridges form the N. He immediately contacted Colonel TUCKER who was in command of the operation and arranged to do a reconnaissance with him at 10.00hrs.

    09.00hrs
    The Commanding Officer gave out preliminary orders for the operation. Nos. 2 and 3 Sqns would be ready at 11.00hrs to move up towards the river, and would then line the S bank to give close support to the assaulting infantry.

    10.00hrs
    The Commanding Officer decided to concentrate the tanks in the orchards jut NORTH of HEES, while Sqn Leaders and tank Commanders reconnoitred their positions on foot. Bn HQ stay with the US Command Post.
    H Hour was fixed for 14.00hrs, then postponed to 15.00hrs.

    11.30hrs
    The Tanks moved up to HEES (6862) and Squadron Leaders began their reconnaissance. The area allotted were: No. 3 left along a line of gardens behind a wall near a large Power Station (6864), No, 2 right in waste land and rubble heaps stretching from No. 3 as far as another factory 1000 yds to the E. No. 2 had much the better field of fire but were exposed to the far bank
    Colonel TUCKER’s plan was to assault with 2 Bns from the area of the Power Station under cover of smoke and Artillery concentrations, swing E on the far bank and capture the old fort 7064 and N end of the bridges. When his troops were in position the GRENADIER GUARDS were to assault with tanks from S end and join up with the Americans.

    His Command Post was on 9th floor of the Power Station, whither the Commanding Officer would accompany him to watch the assault and control the fire of the tanks.

    14.00hrs
    The Tanks moved into position.

    15.00hrs
    The smoke screen went down.

    15.15hrs
    The smoke screen ended, and the Americans began their assault, which they carried out with great courage and energy. The enemy replied with fairly heavy shell fire on the river banks and the tanks did some counter-battery work directed by the Commanding Officer in the Command Post.

    Both Squadrons, especially No. 2, had a great afternoon’s shooting, and gave most valuable support to the infantry, being able, so long as they could see them, to shoot them right in to the objective. The old green fort which was holding up the advance got particular attention - even AP shot to keep the defenders’ heads down.

    16.00hrs
    Major E.G. TYLER reported a deal of movement N end of the railway bridge and thought he could distinguish the American uniform. Unfortunately Colonel TUCKER had already crossed the river and we could not find out from his staff where exactly the leading troops were. So for safety’s sake Major E.G. TYLER held his fire from a most inviting target. Many obvious Germans however presented themselves to view, and “had it”.

    16.30hrs
    By now the Squadrons were running short of ammunition - some of the Brownings indeed could not stop firing, so Major D.M.L. GORDON-WATSON MC, ordered Major Sir JOHN REYNOLDS Bt to unload his kit form this Jeep and trailer and send it with Lt. H.C.H. FITZHERBERT full of HE and .300 to No. 2 Sqn. No protests or evasions availed, and the precious and especially ? Jeep with its explosive burden accomplished and survived the mission.

    18.00hrs
    We understood the American Command Post to ay their troops controlled the N end of the bridges and passed that information back to Brigade. It proved to be false but fortunate, for when the GRENADIER GUARD’s tanks assaulted they found the road bridge empty of enemy and Americans alike, but after an uncomfortable half hour made contact with the leading elements of our allies.

    18.30hrs
    The Squadrons withdrew from their fire positions No. 3 coming back to MALDON, No. 2 remaining near the American’s Command Post at their request. Without any doubt our support was a considerable factor in the success of the operation, whereby both the railway and road bridges were captured intact.

    Our only loss for the day was 1 Tank, No. 3 Sqn, hit by a shell and damaged.

    During the night, while we slept, 3rd Bn took over close protection of the bridge.

    20.00hrs
    We were ordered to have a Squadron across the bridge at 05.00hrs in support first of the Americans, then later of the 3rd Bn.


    21 SEPTEMBER
    03.00hrs
    No. 1 Sqn moved up to the bridge and reported to 3rd Bn, which was not expecting them.

    05.00hrs
    No. 1 Sqn took up position N of the bridge with No. 4 Coy. No enemy was seen but fairly heavy mortar and shell fire continued through the morning.

    11.00hrs
    The IRISH GUARDS GROUP was ordered to continue N up the main road to relieve the hard-pressed 1st BRITISH AIRBORNE DIVISION in ARNHEM. We were promised Artillery and Typhoon support and told that opposition should be slight as the enemy were in full retreat and the POLISH PARACHUTE BRIGADE was dropping at ELST at 16.00hrs.

    12.00hrs
    A captured map showed enemy AA posns just to E of main rd on a side road leading to RESSEN. HCR also reported enemy guns in that area (6967).

    13.30hrs
    The Bns advanced, No. 1 Sqn leading without inf, then No. 2 Sqn and No. 4 Coy, No. 3 Sqn and No. 2 Coy, No. 1 Coy in rear in TCLs.
    A preliminary “stonk” was ordered on the gun posns but opinions differ as to where it came down or indeed if it did come down at all.

    13.50hrs
    Just SOUTH of the suspected enemy posn 3 tks were knocked out inside a minute. The rest of the column halted and endeavoured to locate the opposition.

    14.00hrs
    The enemy posns were pinpointed in orchards NORTH of the small rd, indeed we already knew where to look and Artillery support was asked for.

    15.00hrs
    A Forward Observation Officer from 55 Fd Regt came up to a position from which he could see. Meanwhile Major J.S.O. HASLEWOOD did a reconnaissance of the ground as he had been ordered to try and clear the orchards where the enemy were with his Coy. He decided, and quite rightly, that any attack near the main road was out of the question. The infantry would have to cross 400 yards of dead flat open ground against known opposition, and very few could possibly have survived Lt.-Col. J.O.E. VANDELEUR endorsed his decision.

    17.00hrs
    The first shells from our side landed and then in the wrong place.
    The enemy gunners, however, were not so dilatory, and from 15.00hrs till dark a steady stream of shells and mortars bombs came down on the line of the main road. The tanks could not deploy as the road was dyked, and the infantry found cover only in the ditches by the side, which fortunately were deep.

    17.30hrs
    The WELSH GUARDS GROUP behind us tried looping left but could make no progress.
    Every effort was made by us to get the Typhoon support, which had been promised. But first the control set broke down and then “Very high Sky Sunray” forbade then to fly for fear that they might shoot down Dakotas instead of rocketing guns on the ground.

    18.00hrs
    No. 3 Sqn and No. 2 Coy tried working round to the right between the main road and the railway. By some loss of direction they ended up about to shoot at No. 2 Sqn which luckily stopped them in time.

    18.30hrs
    The Bn withdrew 1000 yards to harbour. We had done our best to get on, but without air or gun support it was quite impossible to break the strong enemy screen. The nature of the country forbade deployment, the Bn was fighting on a one tank front, and the fire of that tank even was mashed by the orchards on each side of the road. On the other hand the whole column stood up like coconuts at a cockshy for the enemy gunners to knock down. By great good fortune only one shell landed among the infantry, though that caused 15 casualties.
    During the night No. 1 Coy 3rd Bn Irish Guards sent out a strong patrol to locate enemy positions and get information for the 129 Brigade which was ordered to attack through us next morning. This patrol did very good work, and brought back 2 of our wounded from the Knocked Out Tanks who had been cut off all day by two enemy Spandau posts.


    22 SEPTEMBER
    Under cover of a heavy mist a Squadron of HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY got up to S bank of Lower RHINE or LEK and contacted the POLISH PARATROOPERS.

    09.00hrs
    The Commanding Officer met the Commanding Officer of 4TH BN WILTS whose Bn was going to attack through us. He showed him the enemy line and agreed on a plan of close support by No. 2 Squadron.

    11.00hrs
    One of our own shells landed short, set fire to Bn HQ house and turned them out of doors.

    12.00hrs
    The attack began after a heavy Artillery preparation. What exactly happened is unknown to us. Let is suffice that at night fall the leading infantry Coys were only some 100 yds ahead fo our leading Troop, Lt. J. DALY’s. (6866).

    16.00hrs
    Lt.. W.C.T. MacFETRIDGE led his troop into the orchard E of the road trying to help forward the 4TH BN WILTS. His tank was spotted by a German TIGER opposite and immediately knocked out, and he himself killed. Capt. R.S. LANGTON brought up a FIREFLY with which he took a shot personally at the TIGER and forced it to withdraw, but not until it had hit and damaged another tank.

    20.00hrs
    The 5TH BN WILSTS tried a night attack along the railway - but only reached the station at RESSEN by daybreak.
    During the night, however, a relief column of 4/7 KDGs, DCLI and DUKS managed to slip through and swim supplies across to 1ST AIRBORN DIVISION.


    23 SEPTEMBER
    News came that 130 Brigade had reached the S bank of R LEK on the left flank, much to everyone’s relief. Our orders were to remain in support of 43 Div and we had a quiet day, save for a few mortar bombs, suffering mostly from the heavy rain.


    24 SEPTEMBER
    16.00hrs
    129 Brigade cleared RESSEN and the road as far as ELST, so we could inspect the enemy positions which had held us up. There still remained 11 7.5 AA guns sited for Anti-Tank defence, the dirt and debris of a Coy of infantry and the tracks and empty shell cases of at least 1 TIGER and 2 8.8 Anti-tank Guns. All were precisely where we said they were, and the captured map had shown.

    17.00hrs
    We moved Bn HQ to a charming country house at OOSTERNOUT (6866) which we shared with 3rd Bn. It had been a German HQ and still bore the traces of their filth, but was soon cleaned and turned to better uses. The Squadrons and Coys billeted themselves comfortably in farm houses near the main road. The 8 Amd Bridgade arrived complete and relieved us of our supporting role.


    25 SEPTEMBER
    A peaceful day for us, and many went back to the house. F2 Echelon had taken over from the late German Commander in NIJMEGEN. There hot baths and comfort could be found, under the management of Major Sir JOHN REYNOLDS Bt.
    The German Air Force showed surprising vigour and hit the bridge twice with bombs. SSM HOLLY drove into one of the holes but did not fall through and Capt. R. ROBERTSON had a narrow escape from being hit the same time as the bridge.
    We appreciated fully the joys of living in a decent house again, and HQ Mess became a social centre.


    26 SEPTEMBER
    As before, New tanks and crews arrived to make up some, anyway, of our deficiencies.
    No. 2 Squadron and No. 4 Coy held a combined celebration of victories won.
    We were, during these days deprived of mail and our rations as the centre line had been cut behind us by 107 Pz Brigade.

    Sjt McRORY had numerous battles in support of the Americans while making his way forward after a breakdown, and Lt. B.C. de las CASAS, though still in 268 Fwd Deliver Sqn, was “brewed up” trying to clear enemy out of a wood near UDEN.

    Of Sjt McRORY’s exploits, the attached letter tells the tale.
    We fed on German rations from the large depot captured by Capt. P.A.C. O’DONOVAN and his Div HQ Troop at OSS, while the Germans presumably ate ours and read our letters between UDEN and VEGHEL. The Guardsmen having tasted the German, changed their opinion of the British “compo” packs. A certain amount of local purchases and “free enterprise” eked out the meals. Fruits of all sorts and vegetables were plentiful and excellent and Lt. K.R. BRIANT negotiated the purchase of a wounded but wholesome calf.


    27 SEPTEMBER
    Still at rest - it seemed almost too good to be true. During the night German divers blew up both bridges, but the Res soon had the road bridge mended and assembled a pontoon to replace the railway. A great deal of work and delay was caused by a lack of vigilance and ordinary precautions.

    As everyone now knows the Remnants of 1ST AIRBORNE DIVISION was withdrawn from ARNHEM during the night.


    28 SEPTEMBER
    Washing and maintenance and sleeping continued. So did the German shelling and bombing of the bridges, much to the alarm of F2 Echelon in the town house. But also came the foreshadowing of more action. We were warned to take over next day from 2nd Recce WELSH GUARDS who had been supporting 69 Brigade of 50 Division in BEMMEL, while 3rd Bn was to relieve the 1st WELSH GUARDS at AAM. The 69 Brigade had been extending the bridgehead E, and trying to reach a canal called WETERINGE LINGE and the village of HAALDEREN (7566) from which the enemy had observation of the bridges. Stiff enemy resistance held them up and they were ordered to hold their present positions until further reinforcement could arrive.

    16.00hrs
    The Commanding Officer gave out preliminary orders, No. 2 Sqn would go with 3rd Bn to AAM, No. 3 Sqn with 5 E. YORKS to BEMMEL and 7 GREEN HOWARDS at HEUVEL and No. 1 Sqn remain back at OUSTERHOOT in reserve.


    29 SEPTEMBER
    10.00hrs
    The Commanding Officer did a reconnaissance of the areas and made final arrangements and dispositions in agreement with Brigade Commander of 69 Brigade and Commanding Officers of 5 E. YORKS and 7 GREEN HOWARDS. The relief was to take place at 17.30hrs.

    17.30hrs
    Our Squadrons relieved 2 WELSH GUARDS. There was a certain amount of shelling but otherwise no enemy interference. At the time, the main enemy counter-attack was expected from the FOREST REICHSWALD SE of NIJMEGEN and not on what was known as “The Island” between R WAAL and R LEK.

    No. 2 Squadron with 3rd Bn had one troop forward with No. 1 Coy almost on the WETERINGE LINGE, one troop right with No. 4 Coy near some orchards, HQ and the third troop back with Bn HQ in AAM.

    No. 3 Sqn had one troop under command 7 GREEN HOWARDS in an orchard SW of HEUVEL, one troop on the X rds in BEMMEL under command of 5 E YORKS and the reserve troop and Sqn HQ on the road between RESSEN and BEMMEL.

    Capt. A.E. DORMAN commanded No. 2 and Capt. D.J. RADCLIFFE No. 3 Sqn.


    30 SEPTEMBER
    The forward Squadrons were shelled most of the day spasmodically. No casualties were suffered.
    We were ordered to send up No. 1 Sqn to strengthen the line.

    16.00hrs
    No. 1 Sqn took over BEMMEL and the orchard from No. 3 Sqn which moved back to cover the roads WEST of BEMMEL. At the same time 6 H.L.I. from 52 DIVISION relieved 5 E. YORKS at BEMMEL, and 5 E. YORKS went into reserve in the same areas as No. 3 Sqn.

    Capt. R.S. LANGTON commanded No. 1 Sqn.

    18.30hrs
    At dusk the enemy shelled the area fairly heavily - but again we had no casualties. We were warned of much German movement to our NE front and the likelihood of a counter-attack soon.
     
    APPENDIX A
    20 SEPTEMBER 1944
    Second-in-Command
    2 Armd Bn, Irish Guards
    Guards Armoured Div, BLA
    It is with great pleasure that I commend Sgt. McRory for his excellent performance yesterday. Although his tank was operating only on a leg and a half, Sjt McRORY took right off for the Jerries and through his aggressiveness and skill we were able to kill about 35, wound about 50, capture 50 prisoners, and knock out two Anti-Tank guns.
    His daring, skill and fighting spirit was inspiring. He is a credit to his Battalion, his country and the Allied armies.
    Should he ever desire to do so, there is a spot waiting for him in this battalion. He’s “our boy.”
    Patrick Cassidy
    Lt. Col. Inf
    USA
    Commanding Bn, 101 Airborne Division
     
    APPENDIX B
    Operations of 2 Armd IG/3IG Group.
    10-11 SEPTEMBER 1944
    The morning of 9 SEP 44 the Bns were relieved at HELCHTEREN by the FIFE & FORFAR YEOMANRY and moved to a harbour area in the woods 8231 on the left of the WELSH GUARDS GROUP.
    At 15.00hrs orders were received to be ready next day to attack EXEL 3686 as a first objective and then explicit to the bridge over the ESCAUT CANAL at LILLE ST HUBERT 4294.
    At 17.00hrs the combined ‘O’ Group went forward to the OP of 1ST WELSH GUARDS to study the ground and look for possible lines of advance. The map was obviously inaccurate and gave no idea of the true nature of the ground, which was sand dunes covered by thick fir and pine woods. All that could be decided even from the OP was the forming up area, the dunes 331834, the SL, the main BOURG LEOPOLD - HECHTEL road, and the general axis of advance, a bearing of 45 degrees.
    The night 9-10 SEP 44 was spent in the same harbour area and final orders were issued. The leading Battle Group, No. 4 Coy under Major J.S.O. HASLEWOOD and No. 2 Sqn under Major E.G. TYLER should establish themselves on the main road N of HECHTEL, area of the cutting 342845, as a firm base for the rest of the 2 Bns before continuing to EXEL.
    Further orders could only be given from there.
    Of the enemy dispositions and the ground ahead we knew nothing: so the advance was as much an exploration as an attack.
    07.45 hrs
    The Bns formed up in Sqn and Coy Battle Groups in the order No. 4 Coy and No. 2 Sqn, combined HQs, No. 2 Coy and No. 1 Sqn, No. 3 Coy and No. 3 Sqn and No. 1 Coy in reserve. The column drove 2 miles to the assembly area, the infantry riding on tank-back, and deployed ready to move at H hour.
    10.00hrs
    After a heavy Artillery preparation on likely points of resistance, the group crossed the ??, Lt. C.E. TOTTENHAM’s troop (No. 1 Troop) leading with a platoon of infantry close behind then Squadron and Company Hqs, No. 3 Troop Lt. J DALY’s, and No. 2 Troop Sjt GARLAND’s, both with an attendant platoon of infantry.
    For half an hour the Group moved slowly forward through the pines and sand dunes. Visibility was 20 yds, the Troops lost touch with each other and had to work independently, keeping direction by the platoon commander’s compasses.
    Enemy opposition so far was confined to sniping and occasional Spandau bursts, the main trouble came from the very bad going. The tanks had to batter their way through the trees and Lt. C.B. TOTTENHAM lost one tank in a bog just before he came to a little copse on a rise from which he could see the line of the main road.
    10.40hrs
    This troop now had a field of view of about three hundred yards, and was quickly spotted by the enemy dug in near the road.
    One A-Tk gun, firing from the SOUTH hit and jammed Lt. TOTTENHAM’s turret; another fired twice at 100 yds range on Sjt FITZSIMMON’s tank, who returned heavy Browning and HE fire and blew both guns to pieces. Lt. TOTTENHAM then changed to Sjt FITZSIMMONS’ tank, and seeing 3 Mk IVs moving NORTH on the road, advanced to the edge of the copse engaged the second tank and brewed it up.
    Meanwhile heavy Spandau fire from E and SE kept the infantry pinned in the copse. Yet another A-Tk gun opened up from NE and forced Lt. TOTTENHAM to withdraw back under cover.
    Major E.G. TYLER now decided to reinforce Lt. TOTTENHAM’s lone and ordered Lt. J.R. GORMAN, MC and Lt. J. DALY’s Troops (No. 3) to move forward. To give direction Lt. TOTTENHAM fired a red VEREY light and was soon joined by Lt. J.R. GORMAN, MC. Lt. J. DALY, however, had greater difficulty in making his way, and it was 20 minutes before he reached the copse. En route he silence with Browning and A-Tk gun and some Spandaus firing to the SOUTH.
    Sqn E? and the reserve troop, Sgt GARLAND’s also came up to the wood and the whole group formed a laager covering the road and the stream WORPERLOOP, WEST of the road. The prisoners taken en route proved the enemy to be the HERMAN GOERING TRAINING REGT, who were holding HECHTEL with orders from HITLER direct, to fight to the last man and last round.
    A patrol, sent out at once to find a suitable crossing over the stream NE of the copse, reported a GRENADIER tank badly bogged there and the ground impassable, so at 11.30hrs Major J.S.O. HASLEWOOD despatched another to try the stream further SOUTH. This patrol had to move down an open forward slope in face of heavy MG fire, and though the tanks gave all the support they could the patrol was fired on continuously throughout the three hours it was away.
    By 12.00hrs move A-Tk Guns and Mgs had opened up, especially from SE. One A Tk gun was caught in an open ride by Lt. TOTTENHAM, knocked out and the crew dispersed. As there was no sign of the infantry patrol returning and time was pressing, a Honey tank, Sjt BARNES’, was detailed to try crossing the stream at full speed. Before the tank had gone more than 100 yards it was hit by an A Tk gun from the SE which in its turn was promptly knocked out with its crew by 20 rds HE from Lt. GORMAN MC.
    But no sooner was one gun silenced than another started and Spandau fire intensified. Major E.G. TYLER and Major J.S.O. HASLEWOOD therefore decided to report to Bn HQ that the going and the crossing were too bad to serve as an axis for the 2 Bns.
    Acting on this report and on information received meanwhile that EXEL was clear and the GRENADIERS CL on our left was good going Lt.-Col. J.O.E. VANDELEUR got permission from 32 Brigade to change to the left CL with priority over al other traffic. He ordered the bulk of the 2 Bns to move at 15.00hrs and the Battle Group to return and join the end of the column.
    The group accordingly began the withdrawal. Just before leaving, Lt. J.R. GORMAN MC saw an SP Gun to the SE and helped by the gunner F.O.O. brewed it up with at Parthian shot. Recovery of the bogged and damaged tanks presented some problems - again owing to the difficult ground. Two tanks were towed back, but one, inextricably bogged, had to be stripped and abandoned. Finally the infantry patrol returned after three hours reconnaissance, always under heavy fire, and the Group rejoined the Battalions complete.
    15.00-16.30hrs
    The two Bns move up the left CL, a disused railway, and reformed N of the station 335861 in the order: No. 1 Sqn (Major D.A. PEEL) and No. 2 Coy (Capt. A. HENDRY) combined HQs, No. 3 Coy and No. 3 Sqn, No. 4 Coy and No. 2 Sqn, and No. 1 Coy in reserve on the backs of ARVs, Honeys and any odd vehicle.
    Our orders were to harbour in EXEL, which was reached and found clear at 16.00hrs . Almost at once further orders came to push on N to OVERPELT by a German military road and try to seize the main bridge at GROOTE BARRIER which was not yet blown, before dark. The HCR ahead had reported the road clear as far as the factory, where a patrol was observing the bridge. This was strongly defended by 88s and prepared for demolition.
    The Commanding Officer immediately dispatched a Honey patrol to contact the HCR at the factory 3(?)51955 with all speed and ordered the column to advance NORTH.
    19.45hrs
    The HCR patrol was contacted and reported the bridge still not blown, and confirmed the presence of at least 2 88s on the N side of the bridge. Major PEEL’s Squadron after a very fast drive halted just short of the factory to close up and receive orders. The Commanding Officer stressed the great importance for future preparations of capturing the bridge intact, and ordered Major PEEL to attack and rush it a soon as possible. Being out of range either of the guns or the wireless we could have no artillery support.
    Major PEEL then moved his Squadron up to the factory gates, debussed the infantry Coy, and rightly appreciating that any guns defending the bridge would be sited either on or near its N end or at the X rds S of it 353956 made his plan accordingly. The leading Troop No. 3, Lt. LAMPARD’s was to patrol slowly forward, towards the X rds accompanied by its infantry platoon (Lt J STANLEY-CLARKE) while the rest of the Squadron took up position at the bend of the road, Sqn HQ firing W to the X rds and No. 2 Troop Sjt BELL and No. 1 Troop L/Sjt SMITH firing at the bridge and it approaches. All tanks were ordered to keep up heavy Browning and HE fire, to discourage the German gunners. Covered by Sqn HQ, Lt. LAMPARD’s troop moved up towards the X rds and got his tanks into position 30 yds short of it to observe and fire on the bridge.
    Major D.A. PEEL then dismounted and agreed with the Coy Commander that the leading troop and Platoon should rush the bridge, and if successful be followed across by the rest of the Group. He ordered Lt. D. LAMPARD to make his own plan with Lt. STANLEY-CLARKE.
    Meanwhile Lt. D LAMPARD caught an 88 being towed across the bridge and knocked it out.
    Another gun opened fire on him from the N end of the bridge but without effect. He then moved is troop up to the X rds and place his tanks among the houses on both sides of the road. L/Sjt McGURREN’s tank left, Sjt STEER’s and his own right. His fourth tank got a jammed case and had to withdraw from the action. As L/Sjt McGURREN crossed the road a third 88 fired on him from the cutting W of the bridge missed and merely got a heavy burst of Browning in return.
    As Lt. D. LAMPARD’s rear and left were now secure, Sqn HQ switched its fire to the bridge, which now had 11 tanks shooting at it. Lt. LAMPARD dismounted and agreed with Lt. STANLEY-CLARKE to cover his platoon up the main road to within 100 yards of the bridge, when a GREEN VEREY light would be fired. This was a signal for all guns to fire only on the bridge; and when the infantry were ready for the final assault a RED VEREY light would be fired as a signal for all fire to cease and the leading tanks to charge.
    It was 20.30hrs when the infantry moved down the road, took up their paositon and fired the GREEN VEREY light. For two minutes very heavy Browning fire came down on the bridge, which was now lit up by a house blazing on the right. The RED VEREY light went up and the tanks charged. L/Sjt McGURREN’s hit the corner of a house and stuck, so only Sjt STEER’s leading and Lt. LAMPARD’s actually did the assault. They went flat out, past the front section, over the bridge and halted in posn the N side. The infantry doubled close behind, came under fire Spandau on the road which was quickly knocked out by the Sherman and lay down around the tanks.
    The ammunition of the knocked out 88 now began exploding on the bridge, but Major PEEL at once ordered the rest of the group to join Lt. LAMPARD on the far side. A Sapper officer Lt. HUTTON, with a party of 4 Guardsmen from 3rd Bn, followed the leading platoon, and climbed over the side of the bridge to cut the cables and remove the detonators of the charges on the piers.
    The Commanding Officer then sent No. 3 Sqn and No. 3 Coy to reinforce No. 1 Sqn with all speed and take up position on the left of the road. The Combined HQ and reserve Sqn and Coys meanwhile formed a hedgehog between X rds and the S end of the bridge.
    We then reported back on the HCR link that the bridge was captured intact and securely held and our success caused great joy in Higher Formations.
    The Bns dug in for the night, awaiting a counter attack. But none came - not even a shell or mortar bomb.
    Two unhappy prisoners of War captured by No. 1 Sqn from the infantry platoon that was supposed to protect the 88s said that the speed of our attack and advance had taken the gun crews, who were expecting their tank not ours that evening, completely by surprise. The fate of their fellow comrades on the bridge and the very heavy Browning and HE fire first put them off their aim and then made them remove to a safer if less heroic place. The Serjeant in charge of the demolition squad, in spite of a stirring speech he had made to the garrison earlier in the day that “the bridge must and will be blown” “that every man fights to the last round”, was one of the first to leave, forgetting to press the switch. Their officer had fled the day before - again after some bellicose words.
    Though the enemy made no attempt even to harass us in the night, at 08.00hrs next morning 11th SEPTEMBER reports came in of 6 Sps and a Coy of infantry W of the bridge in the village of de LUYKEN 3395. Suddenly an SP gun opened fire on the Recce Tp just by 2nd Bn HQ, while another shot down the road to the X rds past 3rd Bn HQ. The first tow shots killed 7 and wounded several of the Recce Tp, including Lt. B.C.P. WARREN and the Adjutant Capt. R.S. LANGTON who was helpting to carry a stretcher. This gun was quickly spotted in a field some 500 yds away and engaged by Major D.A. PEEL, who chanced to be at Bn HQ at the time and climbed aboard ST. PATRICK for the fight. He hit the gun 4 times and brewed it up, though half the honour is claimed by a FIREFLY of No. 3 Sqn which also fired from N of the canal. The second retired and took cover in the gardens further WEST. A lull followed during which the Recce Tanks moved out of the exposed field and drove down to the embankment by the bridge. On the way two were hit by the second SP gun, which opened fire again and one driver was wounded.
    Major D.A. PEEL then handed over ST PATRICK to Lt. K.R. BRIANT, and went forward to observe for Major D.N.L. GORDON-WATSON in ULSTER. On his way through a garden he had the great misfortune to be dangerously wounded by another round from the SP, which still could not be spotted. Lt. BRIANT moved to ST PATRICK up towards the bridge trying to get a line on it, but again was seen first and ST PATRICK went up in flames. No-one was hurt.

    After this the enemy withdrew and though one or two shots came from the houses, no more damage was done. Some prisoners brought in by 3rd Bn, said that about 1 Coy of mixed SS and infantry with some sappers and 6 Sps had been ordered to retake and blow the bridge. Their attack failed miserably and 3 more Sps were caught in the flank by a GRENADIER column working up from the SOUTH. The others were shelled by medium guns in de LUYKEN an hour later and heard of no more.

    The rest of the day was quiet. In the afternoon 6 Typhoons attacked enemy withdrawing over the bridge at LOMMELL [?] and destroyed the bridge. COLDSTREAM GROUP reinforced our positions with 2 Coys of 5 COLDM GUARDS over the river and 1 Sqn of 1 COLDM GDS in support S. While No. 2 Motor Coy, of 1 MOT GREN GDS took up an outpost position a mile ahead of us.
    In the evening all slept soundly and undisturbed still without mortaring or shelling.
     
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    WAR DIARY
    UNIT: 2 ARMD IRISH GUARDS
    CO: LT.-COL. G.A.M. VANDELEUR

    1 OCTOBER
    07.00hrs
    After an hour’s fairly heavy mortaring and shelling the enemy attacked at HEUVEL against the 7th GREN HOWARDS and in the gap between their left and No. 4 Coy, 3rd Bn IRISH GUARDS. Of No. 1 Sqn which was supporting 69th Brigade, only Lt. B.C. de las CASAS’ Troop was engaged. He was hidden in the orchard at VERGERT and had some difficulty in keeping contact with the infantry Company which seemed to have great fears of being “overrun”. 4 TIGERS and accompanying infantry drove the forward Company out of HEUVEL and were about to turn their attention on Lt. de las CASAS when one of them bogged and the other s gave up the attack to effect its recovery. Lt. de las CASAS engaged them with his own 75mm, not having a FIREFLY available, but saw the shots bounce off. The German Tanks did not even bother to reply. He then tried Browning and finally dismounted, borrowed a rifle and took pot shots at the Tank Commanders. Luckily the Germans had great trouble in pulling their friend out, and when finally successful withdrew to HEUVEL, camouflaged themselves carefully and took a rest.

    11.00hrs
    Meanwhile another Coy of German infantry had infiltrated between No. 4 Coy and 7th GREEN HOWARDS and taken up position in an orchard. It was located and heavily shelled and mortared, but after each “stonk” bravely fired back. Lt. J.L.E. DALY and Lt. C.B. TOTTENHAM therefore were ordered to shoot them up, one from the track running E from [blank] the other from the track running NORTH. The continuous Browning and high velocity HE put an end to the enemy resistance. After half an hour 40 frightened infantry came out with their hands up. We do not know how many were left there dead, as the orchard had been sown earlier with AP mines by 3rd Bn and no one cared to venture inside.
    Lt. J.L.E. DALY was then ordered to continue down his track to make contact with Lt. de las CASAS and clear up any enemy he might see. Some 400 yds on he came across another Coy hiding in the ditches either side of the road and at once began shooting. The enemy were quite anxious to surrender, but naturally unwilling to get out of the ditches under fire. Lt. J.L.E. DALY had no infantry with him to pull them out. Finally they reached a compromise. Lt. DALY ceased fire, the enemy came out and ran down the road towards 3rd Bn where suitable arrangements had been made for their reception. Some 50 were thus made prisoner. One Spandau, however, still kept firing in a little orchard to the N. Lt. DALY was unable to silence it with Browning, so dismounted and tried to stalk it with his revolver. Instead the Spandau got him in the knee, and tho’ he was able to continue for the rest of the day, he had to be evacuated that night. His troop continued its patrol but was unable to contact Lt. de las CASAS and withdrew back to 3rd Bn.

    Throughout the day the enemy shelled both Bn positions and the BEMMEL area. Lt. SAMUELSON was slightly wounded by shrapnel. On the whole the shelling was the heaviest we had experienced since LA MARVINDIERE.


    On 3rd Bn from the enemy brought up some Self-Propelled Guns and tanks which shelled the forward Coys. We answered with Field and Medium Guns, which kept them quiet and a 17 pdr knocked out one Self-Propelled Gun.
    We learned afterwards that he attack was put in by the infantry of 116 Pz Div supported by the tanks of 9 Battle Group FRUNDSBERG (9 & 10 SS) and 108 Pz Brigade, though the prisoners taken looked much the same sorry lot as before.

    At night our guns shelling the enemy positions and supply routes, their artillery did not reply.

    We were warned that this attack was the enemy’s main effort to eliminate the NIJMEGEN bridgehead and was likely to be renewed next morning. No. 3 Sqn, therefore, was ordered to relieve Lt. de las CASAS at VERGERT with two troops, and Lt. de las CASAS to withdraw to the Bn HQ of the 7th GREEN HOWARDS. During the night the 7th GREEN HOWARDS were relieved by 5th EAST YORKS who occupied the same positions, or anyway said they did.


    2 OCTOBER
    05.30hrs
    Lt. W.C.T. CLARK’s and Sjt DENVER’s Troops relieved Lt de las CASAS, and found two platoons of 5 EAST YORKS in position in two orchards separated by a ditch. The following is the report of Lt. CLARK:-
    “When we arrived, BASIL DE LAS CASAS reported some mortaring but otherwise nothing. There was no sign of any infantry in the SOUTHERN orchard, but all the guns and even a Bren carrier were there. Two men emerged from a dug-out to say that they had all gone the night before. About 07.30hrs a harassed infantry officer rang up to say that the platoon which had been holding the N Orchard were out of control; and we could see them doubling off. The officer reported enemy in the N orchard, which I decided to attack with my troop leaving the other Troop covering the S orchard. A scratch infantry section of 2 officers, the RSM, the CSM and about 5 Sjts and Ors followed our tanks up to the house on the edge of the road. The infantry were fired on from a bush in the ditch, which the tanks immediately sprayed with Browning. We then set off down towards the bend at about 20 mph, the hull gunner firing into both ditches and the turret gunner shooting at enemy after we had passed. This MG fire actually caused a bazooka man to miss us at 6 -7 ft range. Another Bazooka man was hit by my hull gunner before he could fire at 20 yds range.

    We came back to the start of our run via the SOUTH orchard and finished off the ditches with HE. All this had enable the infantry section to get across the NORTH orchard, whither we followed them to gibe support and get a view of the open ground beyond it NORTHWARDS. We managed to get across the ditch and shot our way to NE edge of the orchard where we caught some enemy infantry in the ditches. Sjt DENVER’s Troop then joined me and together we put HE and Browning into the houses, barns and woods with 800-1000 yds range. The enemy unfortunately replied with mortars and we were forced to withdraw. Sjt DENVER was wounded almost at once and his tank went straight back to 5 EAST YORKS Bn HQ, where our Sqn HQ was. My own tank got bogged in the ditch between the orchards, so I sent the crew for cover and went to get my Sjt‘s tank to tow mine out. Mortar fire was heavy and accurate; Gdsm HOLLAND was killed while trying to attach the tow rope and both tanks were hit by mortar bombs several times. As one tank was obviously not enough to pull the bogged tank out, I gave the order to mount my Sjt‘s tank and we all returned to the S orchard.

    Until the afternoon (15.00hrs) the mortar and shell fire continued on this sector, though no more infantry attacked. Considerable difficulty, however, was experience by the tank crews in persuading our own infantry to remain in position. To say the least, the co-operation was not as good as we had a right to expect.”

    On the front of the 3rd Bn IRISH GUARDS, the enemy put in his main effort with tanks and flamethrowers after a heavy artillery concentration. The brunt of the fighting fell on the infantry; the forward company (No. 2) had to withdraw and No. 4 Coy on the right suffered heavy casualties. Our tanks (No. 2 Sqn) gave valuable support in beating off the enemy with great vigour and effect.

    The enemy undoubtedly suffered heavily from the tanks and Artillery fire. Some prisoners, who said they had been driven into the attack by SS waving pistols, complained of it as “quite intolerable”, and an officer of 3rd Bn, caught in one of our own “stonks” fully agreed with them.
    4 PANTHERS then attacked down the road under construction, running from the LIGNE to AAM, to help their infantry forward. Medium and Field guns were immediately turned on them and Sjt KERRY (No. 2) manoeuvred his FIREFLY into a fire position.

    He hit and halted one PANTHER before being knocked out himself by another. The sitting tank was then caught and brewed up by a medium concentration. The other tanks withdrew, and the enemy attacks died down, though their mortar and Artillery fire continued heavily all day. The enemy pinpointed 3rd Bn HQ and put 8 rounds straight into the house, which was dubbed accordingly “Stonk Hall”.

    14.00hrs
    The COLDSTREAM GROUP had been ordered to relieve us at dark and their recce parties came to see our positions and arrange timings. We told them all we could about the habits of the enemy and our own troops, and agreed to move out at 19.00hrs.
    Meanwhile harbour parties went back to our rest areas between NIJMEGEN and GRAVE, some from houses a mile E of ALVERNA (6457). The accommodation was not good, but anything was better than open air, and the farmers were glad to help as best they could. It was remarkable what results were achieved by signs and gesticulations, as there was no common medium of language.

    19.00hrs
    The relief was effected, and 1st Bn COLDSTREAM GUARDS took over. Owing to the difficulties of the ground we had to leave two tanks believed bogged, and the COLDSTREAM undertook to protect them.

    22.00hrs
    The tanks, after a long tiring drive arrived in harbour, had a hot meal and went gladly to sleep. A very good work had been done in the last two days, and the enemy’s strong attacks beaten off at great cost to him. It is noteworthy that the enemy did not renew his efforts, even though the bridgehead was the main threat to his defensive plans. Perhaps he did not realise that our Group had been withdrawn.


    3 OCTOBER
    A day of well-earned rest. The Squadrons made themselves as comfortable as possible, and by dint of a little cajolery got rooms and barns from the local farmers.

    10.00hrs
    The Brigadier visited the Bn and said permission had been given for 5 - 6 Officers to go “swanning” for 24 hours at a time.
    12.00hrs

    The first parties went off to BRUSSELS with great alacrity, even though the journey took something over 4 hours on roads packed by the traffic of two Corps.

    We were warned that no further operations were likely for 10 to 14 days owing to the lack of supplies and men.

    The Adjutant and Company Clerks began their heart-breaking task of accounting for every man, casualty or reinforcement, over the past month. It took more than a week before the lists and bodies could be made to tally.


    4 OCTOBER
    After a day’s rest, maintenance began, the Technical Adjutant and his staff did inspections, and ordered repairs. “Swanning” continued, and was extended from 24 to 36 hrs.

    The Bn became very social: and numerous invitations were exchanged to dine in each other’s Squadron Messes. The first parties returning from BRUSSELS told stories that spurred others on to go, in spite of rumours of the difficulties over money and food.


    5 -6 OCTOBER
    Swanning continued. An officers and OR club opened in NIJMEGEN which gave good recreational facilities. The only trouble was, of course, grievous overcrowding, as now both XXX and XII Corps were concentrated between GRAVE and “THE ISLAND”.


    7 OCTOBER
    Trouble with the Town Mayor over the Town House came to a head. We gracefully withdrew our claim and ourselves, and it was left empty for the civilian owner to occupy when they thought it fit to brave the shelling.

    Higher Authority closed both clubs in NIJMEGEN as the town and bridges were under spasmodic shell fire. This action made the Town Major’s reasoning over the “Town House” rather difficult to follow. Higher Authority judged the area too dangerous for Army recreation: The Town Major was insisting that the civilian owners should return from their country retreat to live there.


    8 OCTOBER
    11.00hrs
    The Brigadier held an O Group at which he said we should have another 14 days rest. Short leave therefore was extended to 48 hours and courses and organised training could begin. The Div would not be involved in any more fighting until ANTWERP was cleared and a “build-up” prepared.
    Meanwhile VIII Corps was to clear the area W of R MEUSE as far S as VENLO.

    16.00hrs
    The Commanding Officer held a conference for Sqn Leaders. 5 Officers of the Bn could go away to BRUSSELS or ANTWERP at a time; as many Guardsmen as possible were to be sent to the Div Club at GRAVE and other entertainments such as Mobile Cinemas. As for Training, Major E.G. TYLER and Capt. A.E. DORMAN were to run a Tank Commander’s Course and Lt. S.A. FARIS an Operators Course both for a week. The Technical Adjutant meanwhile would arrange for Trade Tests to bring the Bn up to strength in Tradesmen.


    9 OCTOBER
    The officers concerned worked out their programmes and submitted them to the Commanding Officer for approval.

    12.00hrs
    Major-General G.H. VERNEY, MVO, our old Commanding Officer in TISBURY days, came to lunch, and we were all very glad to see him again. His last visit had been in NORMANDY near CAUMONT when this div had gone through the gap made by 15th SCOTTISH and 6 GDS TK BDE, which he commanded.


    10 OCTOBER
    Preparations were made for the visit of HM The KING next day. The Bn contingent for the parade at GRAVE Barracks was 3 Officers and 30 Guardsmen.

    A reconnaissance by Major Sir JOHN REYNOLDS Bt, discovered a new “town house”. He arranged with a Dutch family, van HEININGEN, to keep a room in their house permanently for the Bn and in return for some fuel the use of their Bathroom. This foresight may serve us well if we have to return to the mud of the front.


    11 OCTOBER
    13.30hrs
    HM The KING inspected contingents from all the Bns in the Div at GRAVE Barracks. The Commanding Officer, Adjutant and Lt. D.K.F. HEATHCOTE attended from the Bn, with 30 Guardsmen from the Sqns. HM The KING spoke with several of the officers and men during the inspection.


    12 OCTOBER
    Swanning continued all these days. Some alarming stories were brought back from BRUSSELS of financial and food difficulties. Officers found themselves with notes over 100 frs value no one would accept, and with no means of getting food except ice creams, cakes and fruit. There was always, however, a certain amount of drink available.

    Accommodation was becoming difficult too as Army Group had commandeered the best hotels as officers and Ors rest centres. This Div, however, was in the process of taking over a Hotel in BOULEVARD d’ANSPACH as a Div Officer Club called the EYE Club. The Hotel was given free by the Municipality of BRUSSELS as a token of thanks to their liberators, who much appreciated it.

    The courses, meanwhile were going well and everyone was kept busy and therefore happy. A vast amount of ammunition was expended by HQ Sqn in field firing and practising the defence of their trucks.


    13 OCTOBER
    Some football matches were played against the 3rd Bn, whose area was just to the E of us.


    14 OCTOBER
    10.30hrs
    The Corps Commander, lectured to officers and Other Ranks of the 5 GDS ARMD BDE. He reviewed the actions from the ESCAUT canal to NIJMEGEN Bridge and thanked everyone for their fine efforts in winning such success. The break out from the ESCAUT Bridgehead would rank as one of the most spectacular in history and no other Div in the British Army could have done it.

    He gave full praise to the IRISH GUARDS GROUP for their gallantry and dash there, as to the GRENADIER GROUP for the capture of NIJMEGEN Bridge. Of the Division as a whole he said he need only give an order to the GDS ARMD DIV to know it would be carried out, and had never any anxieties as to the event.

    For the future he was very confident. The enemy attacks on the Island, in the REICHSWALD and against the Centre line had all failed after considerable losses. We had only to wait for ANTWERP to be clear, and the last battles could begin, which would bring victory.
    Everyone who heard the lecture went away very impressed and pleased - “landat: a viro landato”.


    15 OCTOBER
    Owing to readjustments of the front and the new attacks being planned against s’HERTOGENBOSCH and TILBURG, it became likely that we would have to go back into the line or at least in support.


    16 OCTOBER
    We were ordered to take over the role of 13/18 HUSSARS in support of the 82 US AIRBORNE DIV which was holding the front from S bank of WAAL to GROOSBEEK. The Commanding Officer visited Bn HQ of 13/18 and arranged to take over at nightfall 17th OCTOBER. The only problem really was the relief of forward Sqn, which was in position near 0015 (7564) with two troops forward in almost inaccessible places by factories along the river. The ground there was marshy and cut by dykes, and the roads narrow with very bad corners. Owing to enemy observation, movement was allowed only at night.


    17 OCTOBER
    15.00hrs
    The Bn moved from ALVERNA to the new area in the woods S of NIJMEGEN and just by 82 A/B DIV HQ DEKKERS WALD (7258) camped in the woods. While No. 2 Sqn went forward to 0015. They reported in posn by 20.00hrs, after a difficult drive. The two forward Troops especially had a perilous journey along the Bund or dyked road running by the river bank.


    18 OCTOBER
    Closer contact was made with the AMERICAN PARATROOPS and the kind of support they required decided. Our Tanks were mainly to help repelling German counter attacks, and secondarily to intimate the “Goddammed Grants” by accurate sniping with HE. Major General GAVIN, the Divisional Commander was most helpful and considerate, and allowed one of the reserve Sqns to be at 1 hrs and the others at 18 hrs notice.

    In No. 2 Sqns position, the great game of knocking down factory chimneys began. The Troop able to fire Lt. P.A. CUFFE’s enjoyed themselves immensely, though sometimes the Germans shot back. That upset the Americans more than us. It was gratifying to se the accuracy and effect of 75mm and 17 pdr HE, though some of the chimneys stood up to the battering well. It is hoped that some German Ops thereby lost their views.


    19 OCTOBER
    The Commanding Officer arranged with 129 Bty of LEICESTERSHIRE YEOMANRY for officers to shoot 25 pdr from the Gunner OP overlooking the WYLER MEER. Four officers went up on three consecutive days and plastered any target they thought likely. Again great fun for us and imitation for the “Grants”

    09.30hrs
    A Gunnery Trade Test was held - successfully.

    Trouble began for the Technical Adjutant down by 0015. The first tank bogged and had to wait till nightfall for recovery, when it was rescued by 3 ARVs and Capt. R. ROBERTSON, all rather angry.

    20.00hrs
    The Chief of Staff of 82 A/B Div Colonel WEINECKE came to dinner. Having been in ITALY, though not alas, at ANZIO, he had plenty of topics common with Major D.M.L. GORDON-WATSON, MC., our expert on the Italian Campaign.


    20 OCTOBER
    Shooting as before. The Squadrons by careful search had by now found cover in doors for all the men. The civilians were most obliging and gave every help they could, luckily the area had better and more houses than ALVERNA, and a convent and school buildings.

    HQ Sqn, however, was still in the open, and gallant efforts by Major Sir JOHN REYNOLDS Bt. To get a large convent dormitory for a mixture of Americans and RASC were foiled by 30 CORPS billeting officer. He did succeed however, in getting some empty wagons and coaches towed up the railway line and halted by our lines. So the Guardsmen installed themselves comfortably in the 3rd Class carriages and goods wagons.
    A great improvement on the trenches under the trees.

    10.00hrs
    A wireless Operators Trade Test was held and most were passed by the Signal Officer himself - Lt. S.A. FARIS.


    21 OCTOBER
    Sqn football matches were played, and cinemas were available at 32 BRIGADE HQ and in the school taken over by 82 US A/B who kindly gave us an allotment of 60 seats.

    Lt. J.C. O’BRIEN joined the Bn, and we were all glad to see him again from HELMSLEY days.


    22 OCTOBER
    Church Services were voluntary.

    Arrangements were made by No. 1 Sqn to relieve No. 2 Sqn next evening. It was decided to leave the same tanks in the forward position owing to the difficulty of driving in and out, and transfer them to the relieving Sqn.

    19.00hrs
    The Troop of No. 1 Sqn detailed for the forward posn took over the tanks.


    23 OCTOBER
    No. 2 Sqn came back, but as the American Bn Commander of the sector no longer required any tank support, No. 1 Sqn was not sent out. The usual difficulty was met in driving back, and it took two days to bring in L/Sjt BYRNE’s tank, much to his annoyance. The Technical Staff became quite proficient at recovery in the 0015 area.


    24 OCTOBER
    No. 2 Sqn spent the day removing the mud from their tanks and settling into their billets. Though they came lat, they did as well as any other Squadron, thanks to the energy of Capt A.E. DORMAN.

    For the rest of the day was quiet.

    Major General GAVIN came to tea at Bn HQ and discussed plans for infantry - tank co-operation on the front. He hoped in this way to take some prisoners for identification.


    25 OCTOBER
    During the night the American troops managed to capture some prisoners, so our help was not needed. Orders were received from Corps HQ to send out two officers on night patrol with the Americans to bring back detailed reports on the ground W of KRANNENBERG. This information was needed before plans could be made for an attack on the REICHSWALD and CLEVES, and our officers had to report whether the country was suitable for tanks.


    26 OCTOBER
    Arrangements were made with Major-General GAVIN for these patrols. Lt. M.D.M. SETH-SMITH was detailed to go out with one from 604 PARACHUTE REGT on night 27/28 and Lt. B.C. DE LAS CASAS with one from 325 GLIDER REGT on night 28/29. Both patrols would be led by American Officers.

    The Capt and QM J. KEATING meanwhile was very busy with arrangements for a children’s party. He arrange for 100 pair of Children, Dutch, to attend next day at 15.00hrs in the School Hall and found a baker who made some sweet cakes from the raw materials we provided. He was also organizing an All Ranks dance in the Winter Gardens at NIJMEGEN for the evening.


    27 OCTOBER
    16.00hrs
    The children paraded for tea - with their teachers and masters. 200 managed to squeeze on to the benches bringing their own knife, fork, cup and plate. A vast amount of food - hard biscuits and sugar cakes and chocolate was distributed and as quickly consumed. Also numerous mugs of strong tea, which some of the children later regretted. Then fruit and sandwiches spam.

    After the eating, clowns, gymnasts and singers performed for half an hour much to the children’s delight. Some of course cried, others had to be evacuated hastily, but most enjoyed themselves heartily and sang “God Save The King” and the Dutch National Anthem lustily at the end.

    19.30hrs
    An All Ranks Ball for the 2nd and 3rd Bns was held in the Winter Gardens. In spite of a certain shortage of women, the Guardsmen thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

    Meanwhile Lt. B.C. DE LAS CASAS set off on his patrol starting from near BEEK. Unfortunately the patrol was spotted and fired at by the German outpost line, and after five hours of dodging right and left had to return without having got any further. The night was bad from a patroller’s point of view, being still and brightly moonlit. For the Dancers it was perfect.

    Capt. P. JEFFRIES and Capt. F. MENNIM joined the Bn and we were very pleased to seem them back.


    28 OCTOBER
    A most important expedition set out to explore the RHEIMS area, led by Major D.M.L. GORDON-WATSON MC with Major Sir JOHN REYNOLDS Bt as co-pilot. They were away for four days, and returned with work well-done - 28 cases. They had to tour all the famous firms, and as far as one can gather any purchases were preceded by frequent and heavy testing of the best bottles.

    19.00hrs
    Lt. M.D.M. SETH-SMITH went on his patrol from GROSBEEK. Again a still and moonlit night made the task very difficult. The German sentries were awake active and far too numerous. The patrol was held up on the outpost line and after trying N and S had to return unsuccessful.


    29 OCTOBER
    We reported the failure of both patrols - but no-one at Higher Formation seemed to mind - perhaps because they had already changed their plan, and forgotten to tell us. In actual fact the ground in question could be studied easily from an OP in the 325 Front Line.

    14.30hrs
    The Major General Commanding the Brigade of Guards visited the Bn. He met all officers and inspected the Guardsmen’s Billets. He was accompanied by the Divisional and Brigade Commanders.


    30-31 OCTOBER
    Normal training continued.

    The month which opened with heavy fighting passed as a whole very quickly. Leave to BRUSSELS and ANTWERP was our main preoccupation. Both Officers and Guardsmen got vacancies on the 21st ARMY GROUP SCHEME, and though they were only a few at a time, by the end of the month a great number had spent 48 hrs in comfort and amid the delights of a Continental city.

    Much useful training was done, Trade Tests passed and the reinforcements assimilated to the Sqns. But everyone watched with dismay the fine days pass by, winter approach and the enemy build up his forces. Perhaps the next month will bring the lat battle and victory.
     
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    September 6, 1944 DIEST
    We left BRUSSELS at 10:00 hrs amid the usual scenes of cheering and enthusiasm and move without incident through LOUVAIN as far as DIEST. 32 Gds Bde Gp was leading the advance with the I.G. Gp in reserve. On reaching the ALBERT Canal the W.G Gp found that all the bridges had been blown and we were compelled to halt whilst a bridge was constructed during the night.

    The only casualty during the day was one OR wounded.

    September 7, 1944, BERINGEN
    The Bn took over the Bridge head on the ALBERT Canal from the W.G. Group at noon. The day was an unpleasant one with considerable shelling from enemy S.P. guns which caused several casualties. Capt. W.R.R..S. BRUCE was killed early in the day and Capt.. WHITE and LORD PLUNKETT wounded.
    In the early evening, No 3 Coy (Major M.V. DUDLEY) carried out a sweep in co-operation with a sqn of tks to clear the Germans from a slag heap to the WEST of the town which was dominating the bridge head. The attack met with considerable success but was unable completely to clear the large factory area and had to be content with limited consolidation. Several S.P. guns were knocked out and from this moment, the shelling of the bridge head diminished considerably.

    Total OR cas for the day were 8 killed and 16 wounded.

    September 8, BERINGEN
    The Bn remained in the bridge head until 17:30 hours when the town was handed over to 11 ARMD DIV. In an unfortunate concentration of mortar fire during the morning, Capt. R.B.H. INGLEBY, Capt. G.A. JEFFRIES and Lt. M. AIRD were all wounded ["Lt Aird was peppered with shrapnel wounds"] - so the Bn was getting very short of officers.
    In the evening, the group moved up to HALCHTEREN and reached the town just as darkness was falling. A sqn and coy of the W.G. group were in possession but had been unable to clear up the local German resistance outside the town. We were therefore compelled to do a night clearing which proved eminently satisfactory and the W.G. moved on to join the remainder of their group.

    O.R. cas for the day totalled one killed and 8 wounded.
     
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    September 9
    HECHTEL
    14:00 hrs
    The Bn left to join the W.G. group in the woods to the EAST of HECHTEL. In the village itself the W.G. had met considerable opposition and towards evening were compelled to withdraw from it altogether. The Bn was ordered to by-pass the village on the following day and push N.W. towards the ESCAUT Canal. With this in view, the Bn harboured the night in the woods ready to move on next morning.
    O.R. cas for the day were 5 killed and 10 wounded.

    September 10
    EAST OF HECHTEL
    As is often the case, the 1/50000 scale map bore no resemblance to the ground and after one coy and one sqn had been launched on the chosen axis it was proved that the going was entirely unsuitable to tks. Luckily, No 4 Coy, which had been sent forward for this task pf ground recce were able to disengage from the enemy with very light cas and the Bn group followed up the C.L. of the GREN GDS group who had discovered a bridge by means of which tks could cross the otherwise impassable ground. Having reached the main rd to the ESCAUT Canal, the I.G. group were ordered to hook right and make for the bridge over the ESCAUT at de GROOT BARRIER. During the approach march we met no opposition and civilians and elements of H.C.R infmd us that there were no enemy SOUTH of the Canal. We reached the area of the bridge as light was failing and the Commanding Officer, after a rapid recce, decided to try and rush it. No. 2 Coy and one sqn of tanks were detailed for the job. The tks put down a hail of fire on the area of the bridge itself and succeeded in knocking out several un-armed 88 mm AA/A. Tk guns.
    Lt. STANLEY-CLARKE’s pl. preceded by a tp of tks then rushed the bridge itself and succeeded in reaching the opposite side. The remainder of No. 2 Coy and No. 3 Coy were quickly pushed across to join them and the posn was rapidly consolidated.
    The RE Offr with the Bn succeeded in disconnecting all the charges which were in position to blow the bridge, and the crossing of the ESCAUT had been successfully achieved. [4 Gdsmn H. Trimble, C. Mollard, E. Colethorpe K. Fielding assisted Sapper officer, Captain Hutton, in removing charges and received MMs]
    Total cas for the day were one OR killed and 5 Ors wounded.

    September 11
    de GROOT
    At about 09:00 hrs, the posn S.W. of the Bridge was counter-attacked by a mixed group of S.P. guns and inf who were trying to get back across the canal. At one time, one of the S.P. guns was within 100 yds of Bn. HQ but the posn was quickly restored and the enemy driven off with heavy losses.
    During the attack, Capt. E.E. RAWLENCE (M.T. Offr) was unfortunately killed whilst trying to stalk a S.P. gun with a PIAT. The RSM also was evacuated suffering from blast and burns about the face and eyes. The C.O.’s staff car and several other vehicles were wrecked by enemy shell fire.
    The total O.R. cas were three killed and 10 wounded.

    September 12
    de GROOT
    A quiet day was spent by the Bn in rest and maintenance, and received a visit from the Corps Comd (Lt. Gen. HORROCKS) to congratulate those concerned in the capture of the bridge over the ESCAUT Canal, which had already been christened and signposted “JOE‘s BRIDGE” in honour of the C.O.
    The only cas suffered today was one OR wounded.

    September 13
    de GROOT
    The Bn was ordered to move into the Woods N.W. of the bridge head to enlarge it and took up a defensive position in this area during the afternoon.
    September 14
    de GROOT
    08:00hrs
    An enemy counter-attack was launched in some strength against the bridge head. A number of the enemy with spandaus and bazookas succeeded in infiltrating into the area held by No 3 Coy on the left, and the whole Bn and the bridge itself were subjected to fairly heavy mortar and shell fire throughout the day. During the evening , although the attack had by then been halted, we were compelled to re-organise to closer dispositions that those we had previously held. At nightfall, the shell and mortar fire intensified and was subsequently proved to be a cover for the enemy’s withdrawal, as there were no signs of them the following morning.
    During the day, Lt. KENNARD and six ORs were killed, 23 ORs wounded and five ORs missing, but on the whole, casualties were lighter than might have been expected as the result of a two Bn co-ordinated attack.

    September 15
    OVERPELT
    A Bn of the HAMPSHIRE REGT took over our posn during the morning and the Bn moved SOUTH of the Canal to the area of OVERPELT for a short rest and an opportunity to maintain the vehs, which after the long advances of the past few days were badly in need of attention.
    Today’s casualties were one OR wounded and five ORs missing.



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