4th Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment

4th Battalion went into to battle with approx 300 men, 27 were killed, 8 of them are missing since.

Name: COVERDALE, Ronald

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 4351119

Unit:

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: ?.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Specific information about his death is not known.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: PARR, William

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 14515121

Unit:

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Robert and Isabella Parr.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Specific information about his death is not known.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: STEVENSON, Reginal Allen

Rank: Private

Age: 20

No. 14359587

Unit:2 Platoon, A. Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Ernest E and Agnes A Stevenson of Muswell Hill, Middlesex.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: In the early morning of 25 September 1944 Private Stevenson and others were proceeding through a thick wood, after having crossed the River Rhine. They were walking in single file when two Germans approached them. The enemy's hands were up, suggesting that they wanted to surrender. Suddenly they separated, and a machine-gun opened up on the British column, killing the private and Lance-Sergeant Robert W. Bidewell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: FEY, Philip Frederick

Rank: Corporal

Age: 28

No. 6011127

Unit: A. Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of  George Valetine Fey and Maud Alice Fey.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Corporal Fey was last seen as the member of a party which was trying to get to the Rhine on the evening of 25th September 1944. On reaching the riverbank, they were fired upon by a German machine-gun post. They rushed it, and succeeded in getting through. When the sergeant in command subsequently checked his men, it was found that the corporal was missing. Most probably he was hit by enemy fire, as he had been in a rather exposed position. Fey was a regular solider, and had been promoted to War Substantive corporal in August 1944..


Name: RICHARDS, Daniel

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 4929071

Unit: A. Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of  John Richards and Ann Richards, of Coseley, Staffordshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Private Richards was last seen when his section was trying to get to the Rhine on the evening of 25th September 1944. On reaching the riverbank, they were fired upon by a German machine-gun post. They rushed it, and succeeded in getting through. When the sergeant in command subsequently checked his party, it was found that the private was missing.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: SIMPSON, Walter Ernest Pidoux

Rank: Private

Age: 32

No. 5049075

Unit: 3 Platoon, A. Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of E.M. Simpson of Burton-on-Trent. Son of Frederick and Beatrice Simpson.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Private Simpson went missing in the Oosterbeek area on 25th September 1944. There is a statement that he was taken prisoner in a wood on this date, and that he subsequently was a prisoner of war in Stalag XIIA, and later in Stalag IVB. (His name is not mentioned in the Prisoner of War British Army 1939-1945 book)

 

 

Name: JOHNSON, Stanley Wallace

Rank: Corporal

Age: 27

No. 3657293

Unit: B. Company

Missing since:27-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Eliza Johnston of Middleton, Manchester.

Son of William and Ethel Johnson.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Corporal Johnson was killed before crossing the River Rhine on the night of 24/25th September 1944.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: WYER, Harold

Rank: Private

Age: 35

No. 14701625

Unit: C. Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of John Thomas and Louisa Wyer, of Huddersfield.

Groesbeek Panel: 5

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed along the Northern bank of the Rhine, he was hit by an enemy sniper, behind his Brengun, his comrades left his body in his trench.