1st (Airborne) Division Signals

1st (Airborne) Division Signals went into to battle with  348 men, 28 were killed, 8 of them are missing since.

Name: HARRIS, Raymond Leonard Walter

Rank: Signalman

Age: 21

No. 5511960

Unit: J Section

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Bernard Waler and Dais Harris, of Sarisbury Green, Hampshire. May Gueran, of Ramsgate, Kent.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Believed to have been killed somewhere between Oosterbeek and  Arnhem.

 

Could he be the unknown signaller buried at Arnhem-Oosterbeek war Cemetery, grave 28.C.1

 

 


Name: THOMPSON, Jack Douglas

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 28

No. 832024

Unit: J Section

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Stepson of Mrs M.E. Thompson, of Hammersmith, London.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been killed by a sniper on the area of the Valkenburglaan.

Also said to have been killed in the Hartenstein area.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: SMITH, Cyril Ernest

Rank: Signalman

Age: 26

No. 5388654

Unit: K Section

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Margaret L. Smih, of Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been killed/drowned during the night of the withdrawal.

 

Name: NORBURY, Douglas James

Rank: Signalman

Age: 21

No. 3606701

Unit: J Section

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of James and Marie Norbury, of Collyhurst, Manchester.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in a house by Arnhem road bridge, went it was hit by a mortar bomb , the house burned out that night.

 

An unknown signaller was buried at the Arnhem General Cemetery, grave 15.C.15  who was body was burnt.

So this is possible to body of Douglas Norbury or Leslie Westall.

 

 


Name: WATKINS, James

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 21

No. 4914592

Unit: K Section

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Birmingham.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been wounded at Wolfheze area on the 20-09-1944.

 

Believed to be unknown signaller buried at the Arnhem General Cemetery, grave 32.B.5.

 

 

 

 

 


Name: HIBBIT, Reginald Henry

Rank: Driver

Age: 20

No. 14579066

Unit: HQ Section

Missing since:25/26-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Emily Hibbit, of Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been drowned during the night of the withdrawal.

 

Brown hair 5.6ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: WESTALL, Leslie

Rank: Lance-Sergeant

Age: 24

No. 2579000

Unit: J Section

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Burnley, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been killed operating his wireless set in a house by Arnhem road bridge.

 

Dark brown hair- 6.1ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: DEAN, Joel

Rank: Signalman

Age: 22

No. 14298695

Unit: E Section

Missing since:22-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Charles and Harriet Dean, of Castleton, Rochdale, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been killed by mortar fire near the Concert Hall at Oosterbeek.

 

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