1st Battalion Border Regiment

1st Battalion, The Border Regiment went into to battle with 788 men, 119 were killed, 22 of them are missing since.


The following graves on Arnhem-Oosterbeek War Cemetery holds the body of a known member of the Border Regiment:

1.C.10, Mass grave in front of Tafelberg Hotel- B. Company soldier.

2.C.17, In front of Hartenstein Hotel.

4.B.4, Westerbouwing, February  1950.

16.B.9, In front of Tafelberg Hotel.

17.A.15, In the garden of the Pieterberg house, Pieterbergseweg, Oosterbeek-a Corporal.

17.A.20, In the garden of the Pieterberg house,Pieterbergseweg, Oosterbeek-A.Company soldier.

18.A.6, In the garden of the Hemelsche Berg house.

18.B.12, By the road from Veerweg to Driel Ferry, B. Company soldier

22.B.20, In the garden of the Pieterberg house, Pieterbergseweg, Oosterbeek- a Private.

23.C.13, under cycle path Utrechtseweg 243, Oosterbeek in April 1981.

25.C.2, Airborne, Along Benedendorpsweg, near the Lower Road to the Westerbouwing restaurant, 13-12-1995.

28.A.4, Valkeniersbossen, Westerbouwing,

30.C.5, In a field North bank of the river Rhine, south of the Old Church.

31.B.4,20 yards east of the Oorsprong house on Van Borsellenweg- A.Company soldier.

 

 


Name: JOHNSON, James

Rank: Private

Age: 29

No. 3603507

Unit: C. Company

Missing since:17-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Ina Johnson of Carlisle, Son of  Mr and Mrs G. Johnson of Coppull, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been shot in the leg, and died of his wounds sometime after.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: CRIMMEL, John Henry

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 1142367

Unit: 11 Platoon B. Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Henry E and Maud A.J. Crimmel, of Canvey Island, Essex.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Said to have been killed at the Westerbouwing when an enemy tank opened up at close range, on the 21st September 1944.

The platoon positions were overrun, and the private had to be left behind.

 

However in May 1949, a search for his body was done in the grounds of the Dennoordhouse grounds, Which resulted in the find of the body of Private E.W. Cobb.

Article from Pegasus Magazine.

National Archive Record WO 361/630


Name: ASTON, Frederick Joseph (Blondie)

Rank: Private

Age: 26

No. 3865747

Unit: 11 Platoon B. Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Samuel and Maggie Aston, of Barton, Cheshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Known to have been killed by German Machine gun fire on the Westerbouwing Hill. His body was taken to 11 Platoon Headquarters at the restaurant building, where he was last seen.

 

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Name: WALL, Harry

Rank: Private

Age: 27

No. 3865803

Unit: HQ C. Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Dorothy L. Wall of liverpool.

Son of Louisa Wall.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:No specific information available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: MIDGLEY, Frank

Rank:Private

Age: 22

No. 3604971

Unit: C. Company

Missing since:22-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Jesse and Ethel Jane Midgley, of Rochdale, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Said to be hit by a shell at the corner of Van Borsselenweg and Wolterbeekweg, Oosterbeek.

His body was completely obliterated.

However there is also a statement that he was being treated for injuries in a field hospital and that he died after shell had hit it.

 

Brown hair-5.9ft

 

                 (See map below D4)

 

The unknown Border in grave 16.B.19 on Arnhem-Oosterbeek War cemetery holds some remarks which might indicate that this could be the body of Private Midgley.


photo from the book;

"Zwevend naar de Dood".

Name: HIRD, Edward Emmanuel

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 1137162

Unit: C. Company

Missing since:23-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of  Emmanuel and Annie Hird of Hanley, Staffordshire. Cheshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:  Known to have been severely wounded during actions on LZ Z near the Jonkershoeve Farm

and to have died from his wounds while treated at in a Casualty Clearing Station or field Hospital, when this was hit by a mortar bomb.

 

His wallet was found inside his smock on 22-09-1944, at the Landingzone around Jonkershoeve by a Dutch civilian, whom kept it. It was shown on a exhibition on the Ginkel Heath in September 1969, it was then handed over to his mother.


Name: ELLICOCK, George

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 4397165

Unit: D. Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Wakefield

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:No specific information available, exept that he was listen by the MoD as Lance-Corporal.


Name: HARDY, Stanley Ronald

Rank: Private

Age: 22

No. 14212903

Unit: C. Company

Missing since:26-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Mr and Mrs J.W. Hardy, of Edlington, Yorkshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:No specific information available

Name: CERVI, Laurence

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 20

No. 3608007

Unit: C. Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Margeret Cervi of Southrey, Lincolnshire. Son of Gladys Cervi of Manchester.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:

Known to have been killed in defensive positions in the Van Lennepweg area on or shortly after 21 September 1944.

 

Black Hair- 6.0ft.

 

                      (See map below C4/5)


Name: MELLING, Eric

Rank:Lance-Corporal

Age: 21

No. 3866035

Unit: 13 Platoon B. Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Annie Melling of Wigan, Lancashire. Son of Thomas and Helen Melling.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Known to have been killed by a German sniper on the Westerbouwing area, south of the restaurant building on 21 September 1944, according to the MoD records he was buried in a collective grave in or near a wood.

 

blond curly hair-5.9-.5.10ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: BARNES, William Charles

Rank:Private

Age: 26

No. 3771478

Unit: S. Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Lily Barnes, of Bootle, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Known to have been killed in the afternoon of 21 September 1944. He was shot on the Pietersberg Estate near 1st Airlanding Brigade Headquarters, he fell in the main pathway, but had to be left behind.

 

                             (See map below D6)


Name:EDEN William

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 29

No. 3603438

Unit: C. Company

Missing since:22-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of John Eden and of Mary Elizabeth Eden, of Ribbleton, Preston, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: According to records, he died of wounds in a First Aid Post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: FIDLER, Telford "Chick"

Rank:Private

Age: 22

No. 3602545

Unit: 2inch mortar, B. Company

Missing since:23-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Edith Mary Fidler, of Workington, Cumberland.

Son of Telford and Diane Fidler

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed by a shell in a trench next to a house on the Hemelsche Berg estate.

 

Curly Black hair

 

 

Possible the unknown Border soldier  at  Arnhem-Oosterbeek War Cemetery Grave 18.A.6?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: BECK, William

Rank:Private

Age: 21

No. 3784044

Unit: A. Company?

Missing since:24-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Willian and Lucy Beck, of St Helens, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Known to have been killed by a shell in a trench next to a house on the Pieterberg estate.

But also that he was possible killed near the Hoog Oorsprong Estate on Van Borsselenweg.

 

Possible the unknown Border soldier  at  Arnhem-Oosterbeek War Cemetery Grave 17.A.20?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: ELVIN, William Leonard

Rank:Private

Age: 20

No. 14638663

Unit: D. Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: London

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Known to have been killed in D company positions west of Van Borsellenweg No.32 (Oorsprong Estate).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: BRAGG, Henry

Rank: Private

Age: 21

No. 3608284

Unit: 11 Platoon B. Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of  George D and Jane Bragg of Egremont, Cumberland.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on the Westerbouwing, whilst operating a Bren gun, by a gunshot wound to the head. According to the MoD he was buried in a collective grave in or nearby woods.

 

Blond Hair- 5.9-6.0ft.

Information provided by a member of the Border Regiment about the death of Henry (Harry) Bragg.

Collection Philip Reinders)


Name: WILLIAMS, George Maurice

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 33

No. 3523577

Unit: B. Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Eileen Williams, of Swindon, Wiltshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Known to have been wounded twice and taken by jeep from company Headquarters, Veerweg 5, Oosterbeek to the Battalions Regimental Aid Post in the Dennenoord House on the Benedendorpsweg, However he never arrived there, MoD records stated that he was buried one mile west of Oosterbeek.

 

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Name:SEED, Fred

Rank: Private

Age: 27

No. 3718807

Unit: Mortar Platoon, S. Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of James and Betsy Seed, of Longridge, Lancashire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Believed to be died of wounds.

 

Brown Hair-5.10


Name: FOWLER, Robert Ball

Rank: Private

Age: 29

No. 3602819

Unit: S. Company

Missing since:22-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Florence E. Fowler of Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, Co Durham. Son of Harry and Alice Fowler.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Known to have been wounded and taken to the Battalion Regimental Aid Post in the Dennenoord House, Benedendorpsweg, Oosterbeek, were he died of his wounds, according to MoD records he was buried in or near a wood at Oosterbeek in a collective grave.

 

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National Archive Record WO 361/630


Name: BROWN, George Eric Tiplady

Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 28

No. 162499

Unit: D. Company

Missing since:23-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Mrs Katherine J Brown of Keswick, Cumberland.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed by machine gun fire from a German tank in a wood on the Hoog Oorsprong estate, west of Van Borsellenweg 32, reported to have been killed on 21 September 1944.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: JARVIS, Francis Edward

Rank:Private

Age: 23

No. 4398559

Unit: 13th Platoon, B. Company

Missing since:24-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Henry C and Sarah Ann Jarvis of Sunderland, Co Durham.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Reported to have been killed whilst in pursuit of withdrawing German troops in the Westerbouwing area, west of the Restaurant building.

 Other source mention him been killed at the Oosterbeek Gas works.

 

Brown hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: THOMPSON, Eric  M

Rank: Private

Age: 24

No. 3602898

Unit:D. Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Dormanstown

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information:Known to have been buried by members of the Red Cross somewhere in Oosterbeek on 2 October 1944.