VERITABLE 1945: 51st Highland Division (Reichswald, Gennep, Hekkens & Goch)

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  1. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    I decided to restore an old thread of mine about the 51st Highland Division in Operation Veritable, which I posted on this site in March 2012, but afterwards was lost due to software changes of the website. Unfortunately I did not manage to save all of it, so part of the thread, in particular that dealing with the fighting in and around Goch, will have to be redone from scratch, and necessarily will take some time (unless someone has saved these posts at the time).

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    During Veritable the 51st Highland Division formed the right or southern wing of 30 Corps and had to open up the important Mook - Gennep - Hekkens - Goch road which ran around the southern edge of the Reichswald. The Division had to conduct an attack through the southern fringes of the Reichswald forest towards the crossroads settlement of Hekkens, cross the River Niers near Kessel and capture the fortified town of Goch. Besides that the division had to divert part of its strength to establish a bridgehead across the Niers at Gennep and clear the eastern bank of the Meuse River, so as to enable engineers to start the construction of bridges across this water barrier. The battle fought by the Highland Division lasted almost three weeks, from 8 - 28 February 1945, and included some of the bitterest fighting of the whole war.

    Elsewhere on this site, I already dealt with the operations of 30 Corps to the north of the Reichswald, from the Dutch border through Cleve and Moyland toward Goch, see: VERITABLE 1945: 15th Scottish & 43rd Wessex Divisions in the Reichswald battle and VERITABLE 1945: the Canadian attack on Wyler & Den Heuvel, 8 Feb 1945 and 3rd Canadian Division in Op Veritable.

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    Sequence of the engagements described in this thread:
    1. Opening of Op Veritable: gaining the western edge of the Reichswald - Operation VERITABLE: 51st Highland Division (Reichswald, Gennep, Hekkens & Goch)
    2. Across the Niers at Gennep: 153 Bde
    3. Hekkens Crossroads: 152 Bde
    4. A second bridgehead across the Niers: 154 Bde
    5. Battle for Goch: 153 Bde
     
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  2. stolpi

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    1. Opening of Op Veritable: gaining the western edge of the Reichswald

    In brief, the plan of attack of the 51st Highland Division consisted of three phases:

    - In phase I 154 and 153 Inf Bdes were to secure the high ground on the western edge of the Reichswald. The 154 Bde were to lead the attack and capture the Freuden Berg: Point 62, (7751) Point 70 (7951) and the intervening ground. During these operations the brigade had to clear the villages of Breedeweg (7652) and Bruuk (7752) and form a defensive right flank facing the enemy occupied village of Grafwegen (7652);
    - 153 Inf Bde were then to pass through, swing south and make towards the Meuse, cutting off whatever enemy remained between that area and Mook and opening up the main road leading from Mook to Gennep. It was proposed that 153 Inf Bde would pass through 154 Inf Bde at about 1300 hours on D Day, for it was estimated that by this time 154 Bde’s objectives and lines of communication thus far would be clear enough to allow 153 Bde to move up to capture the wooded hills north and east of Riethorst and form a firm base facing south. From here 153 Bde would exploit to clear the road Mook – Kanonskamp (7649). This phase, apart from 153 Bde’s exploitation, was to be completed by dawn D plus 1;
    - For phase II 152 Bde, on D plus 1, was to pass through 154 Bde, clear the southern edge of the Reichswald and gain control of the area around Hekkens. 154 and 153 Bdes were to exploit further to the south and east.
    - During the last phase (phase III), while 152 Bde maintained its firm base at Hekkens, 154 Bde, using both northern and southern axes through the Reichswald, was to drive on and secure the Hekkens - Goch road. By this time 153 Bde would be ready to move on to Goch. Phase III was forecast for first light D plus 2.

    For these operations, the Brigades were supported in turn by the 107 RAC (gun tanks), Fife & Forfar Yeomanry (Crocodiles), Lothians (Flails) and 222 Assault Sqn RE (AVsRE).

    Artillery plan - The 51st Division was supported by prearranged artillery concentrations on the estimated main enemy localities, there was no creeping barrage as with the other assault divisions. On the 8th at 0500 hours there opened the heaviest artillery shoot of the campaign. Over 1.000 guns inundated the German forward line at the egde of the Reichswald for over five hours with shells of all different calibers. At 10.30 hours the infantry attack went in, with all assault divisions moving in simultaneously. The Highland Division moved around the northern end of the Kiekberg and St.Jansberg, an elevated stretch of terrain, which the enemy over the past few months had transformed into an almost impregnable stronghold, that controlled the main Mook - Gennep road that ran south of the high ground in the river flats of the Meuse. The open right flank towards the Kiekberg and St.Jansberg was covered by a new device, known as the "pepper-pot" group, consisting of machineguns, anti tank guns, tank and anti aircraft guns, to which was allotted the task of preventing any interference from that quarter.

    Map of the combined fire plans during opening phase of Veritable:
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    Axis of advance for the attack on the Reichswald - I have tried to figure out the axis of advance of the assault divisions. On the map below they are marked nos. 1 to 7. Please note that they are still tentative, as far as the 53rd and 51st HD are concerned. So, if anyone has additional information, please feel free to add your comments.
    According to Delaforce (page 205 of his book on the 51st HD) the 51st Highland Division used three axes of advance for the initial attack. One through Breedeweg (Breedeweg Straat), another through Bruuk (Bruukse Straat) and a third a track north of Bruuk (Ashorst). I have indicated them on the map with no. 1 to 3. The main road from Groesbeek towards Milsbeek (the Grafwegsche Straat) could not be used, as the Germans still held Grafwegen and the slopes of the St.Jans- and St. Martensberg south of the hamlet, from where they were able to control the road with fire.

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    The Break-in of the enemy forward defenses - The 154 Brigade plan was for an initial assault on the hamlets of Breedeweg and Bruuk, situated in front of the Reichswald, followed by a further assault to seize the first stretch of high ground just inside the forest, an elongated ridgeline, known as the Freuden Berg, with raised ground at either end, the northern knoll and the southern knoll, which gave it a saddle-like view. For the initial attack an extra battalion, the 5/7th Gordon Highlanders, was attached to 154 Brigade, which was given the task of securing the southern end of the Freuden Berg.

    The 154 Brigade had varying success. The 1st Black Watch on the left (operating along axis no.3) was commanded by Major Taylor, in the absence of the C.O. on leave. At 10:50 hrs the Coys had formed up in a hollow just in front of the woods and crossed the Start Line with "B" Coy on the right (Major C.T. Cathro) and "C" Coy (Major J.N. Davies-Colley) on the left "A" Coy was in reserve. The attack proceeded most successfully and the Battalion reached its objectives, the high ground on the west of the Reichswald. clearing up the little villages en route. The ground proved extremely treacherous, and initially, no tanks could get forward at all. Eventually the supporting arms were brought forward by the track on the left which was also shared by 53 Welsh Division, and by nightfall the position was firm. The battalion just succeeded in beating the 7th Black Watch for the honour of being the first troops in the 51st Highland Division into Germany. About 100 POWs were taken at the cost of 4 men killed and one officer and 16 men wounded. There was very little enemy shelling as the tremendous counter-battery program appeared to have silenced the small amount of artillery the enemy had. The 7th Argylls then passed through and pushed on to the northern knoll of the Freuden Berg.

    Excerpt from the Regt History of the 7th Argylls re the opening of Veritable:
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    On the right 7 Black Watch had a more difficult time at Bruuk. The battalion met unexpected opposition from a fresh enemy battalion of the 1222nd Grenadier Regiment (of the 180th Infantry Division), which had been inserted into that part of the enemy line the previous evening. 7 Black Watch moved forward along the Herwendaalse Straat (axis no.1) with an open flank towards the Meuse. This flank was covered by the "pepper-pot" groups, consisting of machineguns, anti tank guns, tank and anti aircraft guns, to which was allotted the task of preventing any interference from that quarter. Reaching the road-fork just short of De Klok, the 7th Black Watch column split up. 'B' Company continued on the right - along axis no.1 - and captured the township of De Klok. 'A' Company, next in line, then moved through and, screened by 2-inch mortar smoke, crossed an anti tank ditch and captured Breedeweg. Meanwhile 'D' Company moved forward on the left, along axis no. 2 (Bruukse Straat), but was not so fortunate. At the township of Bruuk it was held up by some determined snipers (probably operating from the wooded area north of Bruuk). They picked-off the company commander, Major Lowe, and two of his platoon leaders. There was a hold up as a result of the confusion from the loss of these three officers; but tanks arrived, overran the snipers and eased the company on to its objective. The momentum was restored by 5/7 Gordon Highlanders (153 Brigade), who passed through and secured the southern knoll of the Freuden Berg. After some stiff fighting inside the forest, which lasted until well in the evening, 5/7 Gordons took about 150 POWs at a cost of 6 men killed.

    The operations of the 7th Black Watch as described in some detail in the Regt History of the battalion:
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    Only then could the other two battalions of the 153 Brigade start their right wheel; 5 Black Watch aiming at the Pyramid Hill and 1 Gordons moving along the edge of the Reichswald and then turning westwards on to the St.Jansberg, which would place them in the rear of the enemy stronghold on the Kiekberg. Both battalions used axis no.2 (the Bruukse Straat) for their approach march. 7 Black Watch consolidated some 200 yards short of the forest. 'A' and 'B' Companies forming a defensive front towards the south and southwest along axis no.1 (Breedeweg) facing the German-held Grafwegen. Both axes no. 1 and no. 2 were still under occasional shell and small-arms fire. A machinegun still firing from the direction of Grafwegen caused some trouble. After nightfall, a 'B' Company fighting patrol was sent to Grafwegen, but found the place - or what was left of it - abandoned.

    Though the general situation improved slightly, things had been going rather slowly. By 1900 hours, resistance in Breedeweg and Bruuk had been quelled, 5/7 Gordons were on the move towards the southern part of the Freuden Berg, and 5 BW had struck out in a southerly direction with the object of seizing Pyramid Hill, point 78 (7751). At this time 1 Gordons were preparing to follow up 7 and 5 BW to assault the high ground about St.Jansberg (7650). Darkness had fallen before the 1 Gordons moved up on to their objective the St Jansberg, which they reached with the aid of artificial moonlight and white tape laid by an Officer recce party of the Battalion.

    By midnight the Highland Division had accomplished the break-in of the German forward defences, the (approximate) positions reached by the battalions are indicated on the map below:

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    Freudenberg area today

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    Picture of the western edge of the Reichswald, as seen from Klein Amerika, with the high ground of the Freudenberg and Pyramid Hill in the center and to the right, which were the respective objectives of 154 and 153 Bdes. The houses in the foreground belong the village of Breedeweg. The Brandenberg, to the left, was assigned to the 53rd Welsh Division.

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    Freudenberg as seen from the Breedeweg Straat (axis no.2). The long stretch of high ground along the western face of the Reichswald was the objective of two assault battalions of the 154 Brigade; the north end was allotted to the 7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, the south end to the attached 5/7th Gordon Highlanders. The narrow road of the Breedeweg Straat runs along the houses to the left.

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    The wooded area in front of the Reichswald, known as Bruuk, seen from the Breedeweg. It was here that 'D' Company, 7th Black Watch ran into difficulty and lost a number of men to sniper fire. On this first day of the operation the Battalion had 3 officers (Major Lowe, OC 'D' Company and two of his platoon leaders) and 7 men killed in action, 1 man missing and 23 wounded.

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    Picture taken from the position of 'A' Company, 7th Black Watch, on the Breedeweg Straat (axis 1), looking to the south. The houses at the end of the field mark the main road from Groesbeek to Milsbeek. The ground beyond leads up to the St.Jansberg. The village of Grafwegen (not visible, but to the right) and the St.Jansberg area were still occupied by the enemy. The enemy defenses on the St Jnsberg were taken from the rear by the 1st Gordon Highlanders later that evening of February 8th. Next day the Gordon battalion cleared the whole wooded feature up to the Kiekberg, an enemy stronghold that controlled the Mook - Gennep main road.
     
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    The 5/7 Gordons at the Freudenberg

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    Infantry of the 5/7th Gordons move along the Breedeweg Straat towards the Reichswald

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    Same area at the end of the Breedeweg Straat today. The township at the end of the Breedeweg Straat now is called Grafwegen, not to be confused with the Grafwegen on the wartime map. The Breedeweg Straat still is a narrow country lane, where two cars can hardly pass each other. The three-line in the background is the western egde of the Reichswald.

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    The official caption to this photograph reads: "British troops (of the 5/7th Gordon Highlanders) pass the boundary from Holland into Germany. A very shell-torn house and barbed wire fence marks the demarkation line and a solitary sign, "Reichs Grenze" is the only intimation of German territory. Immediately behind is the Reichswald forest, a natural obstacle which the Germans contested strongly. Pictures show men (of the 5/7th Gordons) combing the forest. 154 Brigade. 51 H.D. between Bruuk and German border. Taken by Sgt. Silverside. 10.2.1945". (photo IWM).

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    This well known picture is a sequel to the above photograph. The official caption reads: "Immediately behind is the Reichswald forest, a natural obstacle which the Germans contested strongly. Pictures show men (of the 5/7th Gordons) combing the forest. 154 Brigade. 51 H.D. between Bruuk and German border. Taken by Sgt. Silverside. 10.2.1945." (photo IWM). In 5/7 Gordons area, on the southern end of the Freuden Berg, the enemy kept up stiff resistance inside the forest during the night 8/9 Feb. At 0630, on the 9th, 'A' Company of 1 Black Watch was sent to the assistance of the 5/7 Gordons and succeeded in clearing this area up at the cost of 1 officer (Lt Rosenthal) and two men killed, and Lt. Mitchell and 7 men wounded.

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    Another picture taken in the Bruuk area demonstrates the terrible state of the ground. The boggy, sodden soil was an important factor in slowing down the Allied offensive. The official caption reads: "Even tracked vehicles find it hard going and have to be dug out. 154 Bde. 51 H.D. Between Bruuk and German border. Taken by Sgt. Silverside. 10.2.1945" (photo IWM).


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    On the night of the 8th it started to rain quite heavily. It rained all night and it rained all the next day, which further deteriorated the road conditions.

    More images can be found here: Video Stills: Invasion Scenes - Europe - British Pathé

     
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    Operations of the 153th Brigade: Pyramid Hill and St.Jansberg

    On the right the 5th Black Watch had to capture Pyramid Hill. This would enable the 1st Gordon Highlanders to wheel to the west and take the German positions on the high wooded ground, overlooking the Mook - Gennep main road, from the rear.

    Excerpt from "Spirit of Angus", the Regt History of the 5th Black Watch:
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    Pyramid Hill, with the small post-war lookout tower, was the objective of the 5th Black Watch; view from the west from Breedeweg. The Pyramid Hill is the most southerly part of the ridgeline along the western edge of the Reichswald. To the south of it the ground drops off to the river flats of the Meuse and its tributary the Niers.

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    The Dutch/German border at Grafwegen; the forbidding Reichswald looms up just beyond the houses. The old barrier marking the border can be by-passed with the bike without much trouble.

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    The entrance of the Reichswald. According to one Highland veteran: "after we had crossed the initial belt of organised defences, which included anti-tank ditches, Schu-mines and fortified farms and villages, we now faced our biggest obstacle - the natural fortress of the Reichswald". Inside the forest visibility was obscured by a wall of trees and brushwoods, made worse by the massive artillery preparation, which had smashed up the trees and branches, making it very difficult for the troops to find a way through. Rain and the falling darkness added to the problems as the leading Highland troops probed forward into the forest on that first day of Veritable.

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    The battle scarred forest of the Reichswald

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    Inside the forest, somewhat further up the Pyramid Hill, German trenches are still visible. They zig-zag across the western face of the forest for many a mile. Though not clearly visible on the photograph this one is about 4 to 5 feet deep. Most of these trenches date back to WW1, when German troops were guarding the frontier against neutral Holland.


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    The Holleweg ('Hollow Road'), the causeway, that runs between Pyramide Hill and the Jansberg, at the point where it enters the flat ground south of the Reichswald, called Koningsven (King's moor). In the morning of the 9th the 5th Black Watch moved down this road to capture Kanonskamp (now Milsbeek) and cut the Mook - Gennep road. When the Black Watch emerged from the forest along the road, they were fired upon by the enemy from the northwest. The 1st Gordon Highlanders were still busy mopping up the German positions in the direction of the Kiekberg. The Black Watch suffered 15 casualties, including 2 men killed, before artillery and supporting tanks could blanket the edge of the woods with a smoke screen. By 1500 hours Kanonskamp was taken.

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    At the southern edge of the Reichswald the ground drops abruptly, giving way to a flat featureless landscape stretching all the way to the River Meuse and its tributary the River Niers. View of Pyramide Hill from the south. The causeway is to the left (not visible). The atmosphere with the low hanging clouds is almost like February 1945, except that it is not raining. BTW those are not tank-tracks, but the tracks show how soft the ground is. During Veritable the ground conditions were even worse as a sudden thaw and heavy rainfall softened up the ground, making it almost imposible for vehicles to cross.

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    Same spot now looking eastwards, the edge of the Reichswald stretches as far as the eye can see, all the way to Hekkens and beyond. The trees in front of the forest line the narrow farm tracks of Oudedijk and Koningsvennen.
     
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    1st Gordon Highlanders at the St. Jansberg & Kiekberg

    Account of the operations of the 1st Gordon Highlanders in the opening stage of Op Veritable from the War Diary of the battalion:
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    1. St.Martensberg, view from the north, beyond the tree-line there is an abrupt drop to the river flat of the Meuse. Company 'A' and 'C' of the 1st Gordon Highlanders occupied positions along the forest edge on the far side of the fields.

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    2. St.Jansberg, view from the south. The picture was taken from the Holleweg looking in a westerly direction, the same spot as the picture in the previous post. The hills are right to left: first and second knoll the St.Jansberg, the third is the St.Martensberg and beyond that (not visible) lies the Kiekberg (the latter was held by the Canadians - the Cameron Highlanders of Canada). Note that on the war-time map below, this area is erroneously indicated as wooded. In reality it was marshy ground.

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    3. Main road Mook - Gennep at Plasmolen View to the east. It was here that 'A' Company of the 1st Gordons ran into stiff enemy opposition, which was only overcome at nightfall of the 9th, by the battalion commander, Major Lindsay, taking personally lead of one of his companies and storming the position. On the left, just past the restaurant, is the shallow valley called Molendal (the operations of 1st Gordon Highlanders are most graphically described in Martin Lindsay's book, "So few Got Through, With the Gordon Highlanders from Normandy to the Baltic").

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    Map of the St.Jansberg/Kiekberg area; the numbers on the map correspond with the above pictures
     
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    Soldiers of the 1st Gordon Highlanders move along the sandy track that runs on the side of the wooded St.Jansberg

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    A German POW moves to the rear along the same track; according to the unit's War Diary the number of POW's captured by the 1st Gordons in the attack on the Jans- and Kiekberg exceeded well over 350. Most of them paratroopers belonging to the I./2 Para Regt, which had been shuffled in between the 180 and 84 Inf Div to guard the important entry of the Mook - Gennep road.


    War Diary pages of the 1st Gordons re the operations on 8 and 9 Feb 45:
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    Note the remarkable similarity of the operation of the 1st Gordons at the Kiekberg and that of the Canadian Calgary Highlanders (2nd Cdn Inf Div) at Wyler; both were enveloping moves aimed at opening up an important, well defended, entry into the enemy lines. See also: VERITABLE 1945: the Canadian attack on Wyler & Den Heuvel, 8 Feb 1945
     
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    The following Highland soldiers fell in the opening phase of Veritable, Feb 8 and 9, 1945; I included Feb 9th since the battle within the forest continued through the night. Used the search machine of the CWGC site for the first time and have still to figure out how to download the results properly - but already do sorely miss my old companion 'Geoff's search machine'.

    1st Black Watch

    2645034,ARMSTRONG,IVOR,I,33,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,1st Bn.,Netherlands,'3307919',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,8. C. 4.,

    2645072,BARKER,ALBERT,A,30,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,1st Bn.,Netherlands,'4459450',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. A. 3.,"Son of Robert Henry Barker and of Emily Elizabeth Barker (nee Heath); husband of Olwen Barker, of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire."

    2645316,CROWTHER,LAWRENCE AUSTIN PRANCE,L A P,20,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,1st Bn.,Netherlands,'14330679',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,6. F. 2.,"Son of Digory and Ivy Crowther, of Plymouth."

    2645477,FROST,ALBERT FREDERICK,A F,32,,09/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,1st Bn.,Netherlands,'10600095',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,6. F. 1.,"Son of Frederick and Annie F. Frost, of Northampton; husband of Muriel May Frost, of Northampton."

    2645578,HARPER,PETER JOSEPH,P J,19,,09/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),1st Bn.,Netherlands,'14991821',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,6. F. 3.,"Son of Percy Clifford Harper and Ethel May Harper, of Clifton, Bristol."

    2619299,McHENRY,ROBERT,R,19,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,1st Bn.,Netherlands,'14734734',MOOK WAR CEMETERY,II. A. 8.,"Son of William McHenry, and of Anne McHenry, of Islington, London."

    2647079,WARE,KENNETH LESLIE,K L,20,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,1st Bn.,Netherlands,'14330696',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,6. E. 7.,"Son of Robert H. and Ethel M. Ware, of Shepton Mallet, Somerset."

    5th Black Watch

    2037108,BRADFORD,DAVID,D,25,,09/02/1945,,Corporal,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,5th Bn.,Germany,'3059766',REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY,61. D. 4.,"Son of James and Mary Bradford, of Leith, Edinburgh."

    2055705,HUNTER,JOHN,J,,,09/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,5th Bn.,Germany,'14741945',REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY,61. D. 6.,

    2961916,REID,WILLIAM,W,18,,09/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,5th Bn.,Netherlands,'14497463',MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY,II. D. 2.,

    2961878,McGURN,ROBERT,R,18,,09/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,5th Bn.,Netherlands,'14758794',MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY,II. D. 1.,"Son of Edward and Margaret McGurn, of Glasgow."

    7th Black Watch

    2645203,BURTON,DENNIS GILBEY,D G,,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,7th Bn.,Netherlands,'14747916',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. C. 2.,"Son of Charles Victor Thomas Burton and Edith Louisa Burton, of Chatham; husband of Emily Burton."

    2645485,GAISFORD,ANTHONY WYNDHAM GWYN,A W G,19,,08/02/1945,,Lieutenant,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 7th Bn.,Netherlands,'327262',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. C. 3.,"Son of John William and Kathleen Margaret Eileen Gwyn Gaisford, of Bromley, Kent."

    2645546,GREEN,LEONARD,L,29,,08/02/1945,,Lance Corporal,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), 7th Bn.,Netherlands,'4862233',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. G. 2.,

    2645684,HULME,FRANK,F,26, 08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,7th Bn.,Netherlands,'4129766',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. G. 7.,"Son of Thomas Hulme, and stepson of Irene Hulme, of Stockport, Cheshire."

    2645837,LOWE,KENNETH ALLAN,K A,26,M C,08/02/1945,,Major,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,7th Bn.,Netherlands,'126990',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. C. 1.,"Son of Charles James Lowe and of Jessie Lowe (nee Oliphant); husband of Lilian Mary Lowe (nee Roberts), of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol."

    2646511,MACDONALD,THOMAS,T,20,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,7th Bn.,Netherlands,'14350137',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. G. 4.,

    2646741,PRICE,WILLIAM ALBERT,W A,28,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,7th Bn.,Netherlands,'4920348',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. B. 8.,

    2646795,ROCK,KENNETH,K,19,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,7th Bn.,Netherlands,'14416379',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. G. 8.,

    2646849,SHANKS,OWEN,O,35,M M,08/02/1945,,Lieutenant,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,7th Bn.,Netherlands,'329143',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. G. 3.,"Son of Joseph and Mary Ann Shanks; husband of Grace Darling Shanks, of Loanhead, Midlothian."

    2646858,SHEACH,STANLEY,S,21,,08/02/1945,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),,7th Bn.,Netherlands,'14768992',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,14. G. 5.,"Son of Frank and Mary Sheach, of Linlathen, Angus."

    1st Gordon Highlanders

    2961829,FRASER,WILLIAM GEORGE,W G,28,,09/02/1945,,Lieutenant,Gordon Highlanders,,1st Bn.,Netherlands,'207191',MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY,II. D. 6.,"Son of William and Isabella Campbell Fraser, of Aberdeen."

    2046672,WALLACE,ERIC ANDREW,E A,18,,09/02/1945,,Private,Gordon Highlanders,,1st Bn.,Germany,'14765844',REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY,61. C. 5.,"Son of Andrew and Williamina Wallace, of Aberdeen."

    5/7 Gordon Highlanders

    2619141,BELL,MATTHEW PATTISON,M P,30,,08/02/1945,,Lance Corporal,Gordon Highlanders,,5/7th Bn.,Netherlands,'14705100',MOOK WAR CEMETERY,II. B. 17.,"Son of Joseph William and Sussanah Bell; husband of Gertrude Bell, of Newby, Scarborough, Yorkshire."

    2619170,CHAPMAN,LESLIE WILLIAM,L W,31,,08/02/1945,,Private,Gordon Highlanders,,5/7th Bn.,Netherlands,'14226968',MOOK WAR CEMETERY,II. A. 10.,"Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Charles James Chapman; husband of Doris M. Chapman, of Mitcham, Surrey."

    2645727,JOLLY,WILFRED,W,22,,08/02/1945,,Serjeant,Gordon Highlanders,,5/7th Bn.,Netherlands,'3394156',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,7. F. 4.,"Son of Herbert and Lucy Jolly, of Brierfield, Lancashire."

    2619325,NUTTALL,ROBERT,R,32,,08/02/1945,,Private,Gordon Highlanders,,5/7th Bn.,Netherlands,'14315404',MOOK WAR CEMETERY,II. B. 19.,"Son of Herbert and Grace Ann Nuttall; husband of Gertrude Gilmore Nuttall, of Harle Syke, Lancashire."

    2961922,RYDER,WILLIAM ALFRED,W A,24,,09/02/1945,,Lance Corporal,Gordon Highlanders,,5/7th Bn.,Netherlands,'3391929',MILSBEEK WAR CEMETERY,I. G. 15.,"Son of William Alfred and Ellen Louisa Ryder, of Dingle, Liverpool."

    2619364,SKILLICORN,WILLIAM ALFRED,W A,32,,08/02/1945,,Private,Gordon Highlanders,,5/7th Bn.,Netherlands,'3768956',MOOK WAR CEMETERY,II. B. 18.,

    2646923,SPENCE,EDWARD HOWLETT,E H,23,,09/02/1945,,Corporal,Gordon Highlanders,,5/7th Bn.,Netherlands,'7019445',JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY,21. C. 3.,"Son of William and Jane Spence, of Sydenham, Belfast, Northern Ireland."

    2619389,TAYLOR,DENNIS,D,23,,08/02/1945,,Corporal,Gordon Highlanders,,5/7th Bn.,Netherlands,'4928442',MOOK WAR CEMETERY,II. B. 16.,"Son of Samuel Charles and Mary Ann Taylor, of Ryecroft, Staffordshire."
     
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