1st Parachute Battalion

1st Parachute Battalion went into to battle with 548 men, 83 were killed, 21 of them are missing since.

Name: COOPER, Norman "Duff"

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 4208293

Unit: R. Company

Missing since:17-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of William and Lavina Cooper, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the Wolfhezerweg-Amsterdamseweg area ,Wolfheze during the night of 17/18-09-1944

 

(See map below C1)

 

 


Name: BUCHANAN, Robert

Rank: Corporal

Age: ?

No. 3065436

Unit: 7th Platoon S. Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Castle Douglas, Dumfriesshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 8

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in a garden of a house on the Utrechtseweg in Mariendaal area. 

 

(See map below E4)

 

Could he possible be the unknown found at in garden at house Vergarde, grave 6.C.6

 


Name: GOULDEN James Reuben 

Rank: Private

Age: 32

No. 4973713

Unit: HQ. Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Claire Goulden, of Pelsall, Staffordshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA InformationKilled by shell fire in Arnhem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: SUMMERS Harry Edward

Rank: Private

Age: 30

No. 986614

Unit: Mortar Platoon, HQ. Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of F.A. Summers, of Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. Son of Sidney and Lucy Summers, of Wollaston.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA InformationKnown to have died of  his wounds (mortar fire) in the St Elisabeth hospital in Arnhem on 19-09-1944.

 

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Name: CURTIS,Leslie Arthur

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Age: 25

No. 323542

Unit: HQ Company

Missing since:20-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Albert James and Emma Curtis, of Tottenham, Middlesex.

Groesbeek Panel: 8

KIA InformationKnown to have died of  his wounds (tank fire near the old church at 16.30hrs) in the RAP at Kate Ter Horst house. However his body could be traced after the war.

 

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Name: HART,George

Rank: Private

Age: 32

No. 6139388

Unit: MMG, S Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Amy B. Hart , of Leystone, Essex.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: No specific information known about his death. However there is some information available that he possible was buried in the garden of house De Vergarde at the Utrechtseweg in Oosterbeek.

 

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Name: STRACHAN, "Jock" Frederick Anderson

Rank: Private

Age: 29

No. 7903398

Unit: R. Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of May Primrose Strachan, of Birkhill, Agnus.

Son of Robert and Helen MacRae Strachan.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Know to have been killed in the Oude Kraan area (Now Nelson Mandela Bridge), Arnhem on 19-09-1944, it is said that his body was crushed by a German SP gun.

 

(See map below E5)

National Archive Record WO 361/629

Name: NICHOLLS, Cyril Charles

Rank: Corporal

Age: 27

No. 5628491

Unit: R. Company

Missing since:17-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Mrs H.E.L. Austin of Bradford, Yorkshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been seriously wounded in the Wolfhezerweg-Amsterdamseweg area ,Wolfheze, he had to be left behind by the side of the road. 

 

(See map below C1)

 

 


Name: DEAN, Raymond Leslie Alfred

Rank: Private

Age: 20

No. 14368994

Unit: R. Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Mr A Dean DCM and Mrs A.A. Dean of St. Budeaux, Plymouth.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the Wolfhezerweg-Amsterdamseweg area ,Wolfheze during the night of 17/18-09-1944

 

Light brown hair, 5.8-5.10 feet 

 

(See map below C1)

 


Name: KNAPPER, James 

Rank: Private

Age: 26

No. 5729130

Unit: R. Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of James and Sarah Ann Knapper of Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the Wolfhezerweg-Amsterdamseweg area ,Wolfheze during the night of 17/18-09-1944.

 

It is my opnion that he is possible the unknown soldier at Arnhem-Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Grave 17.C.8

His body was brought in by civilians from the Amsterdamseweg /A12 area at Wolfheze.

Brown hair,5.9 feet

 

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Name: KILMARTIN, Michael Gabriel

Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 24

No. 217467

Unit: 1st Platoon Commander                       R. Company

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Ambrose and Eve Kilmartin of Jarvis Brook, Sussex.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the area of Onderlangs at Arnhem. He received gun fire to his body which then exploded phosporous grenades he was carrying.

 

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Name: TOMLINSON, Clifford

Rank: Private

Age: 22

No. 3451005

Unit: HQ  Company

Missing since:20-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Harry and Emily Tomlinson of  Bury, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Said to be killed on Benedendorpsweg, Oosterbeek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: LENTON, Albert Victor

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 29

No. 6146440

Unit: 9th Platoon T  Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Croydon, Surrey.

Groesbeek Panel: 8

KIA Information: Said to be killed near the old church on Benedendorpsweg, Oosterbeek.

 

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Name: WARBURTON, Harry

Rank: Private

Age: 31

No. 3445991

Unit: Quartermaster Platoon, HQ Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Dorothy. B. Warburton, of Colchester, Essex.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the early hours of the 26th near the Rhine river at Oosterbeek.

Name: BAKER, Albert Edward

Rank: Private

Age: 23

No. 11408969

Unit: R. Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Albert and Christina Baker, of Bristol.

Groesbeek Panel: 8

KIA Information: Known to have been killed near the railway embankment in the Oosterbeek Hoog Station area.

 

According to another source he was last seen alive on the 19-09-1944 at Onderlangs road in Arnhem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: DYER, Leslie William

Rank: Private

Age: 19

No. 14650322

Unit: 6th Platoon S. Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of William and Lavina Cooper, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been last seen in the morning of 18-09-1944 along Utrechtseweg just east of Oosterbeek.

 

 

 

 

 

National Archive Record WO 361/629


Name: SMITH,Cyril Ernest

Rank: Private

Age: 31

No. 5832804

Unit: 7th Platoon, S. Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of William and Ellen Smith, Husband of Margaret L. Smith of of Southsea, Hampshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the area of the railway viaduct over the Utrechtseweg., Den Brink area 

 

(See map below E4)


Name: MORRIS,Francis

Rank: Sergeant

Age: 36

No. 2692018

Unit: 6th Platoon, S. Company

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of F.M.Morris, of North Kensington, London.

Groesbeek Panel: 8

KIA Information: Known to have been killed by a sniper near the river embankment in the Onderlangs, area at Arnhem at 06.00hrs.

 

(See map below E5)

 

 

 

National Archive Record WO 361/629


Name: GOULD, Raymond Dan

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 14411243

Unit: 6th Platoon, S. Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of William Gould and Dorothy Gould of West Norwood, London.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: No specific information is known about his death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: BEST, Gordon

Rank: Private

Age: 23

No. 1463210

Unit: HQ Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Rita Best, of Bradford, Yorkshire.

Son of Pickard and Anne Best.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been buried by the Dutch Red Cross in the Onderlangs park at Arnhem on 2 October 1944.

 

 

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Name: GEAR, Ronald Arthur Reginald

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 5511980

Unit: 2nd Platoon R. Company

Missing since:11-04-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Rose Gear, of Albrook, Hampshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Know to have been died of his wounds in a Reserve Hospital on 11-04-1944, in               Wolfenbuttel, Germany