1st Airlanding Light Regiment Royal Artillery

1st Airlanding Light Regiment went into to battle with 372 men, 39 were killed, 9 of them are missing since.

Name: LAKIN, George Riley

Rank: Gunner

Age: 29

No. 14398944

Unit: F Troop, 3rd Battery

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of George and Clara Lakin, of Shepshed, Leicestershire.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have died of his wounds,and brought to Kate Ter Horst house, were his body was left outside.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: SIME, Thomas

Rank: Gunner

Age: 34

No. 1084419

Unit: B Troop, 1st Battery

Missing since:22-09-1944

Next of Kin: Edinburgh.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been killed by mortar fire on 20/21-09-1944 in D Troop position.

 

(See map below E7)   


Name: DOVE, William Scott

Rank: Bombardier

Age: 30

No. 1084427

Unit:  3rd Battery

Missing since:24/25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of George and Janet Dove, of Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been wounded and brought to a RAP, where he was killed by mortar fire.

 

Possible? the unknown Bombardier buried at Arnhem-Oosterbeek War Cemetery grave 1.C.16.


Name: ALDRED, Percy Newton

Rank: Gunner

Age: 24

No. 325559

Unit:  A Troop 1st Battery

Missing since:26-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Percy William and Gertrude Aldred, of Sale, Cheshire

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been badly wounded ,taken by his Troop Commander to the riverbank on the night of evacuation, but missing since.

Name: NORMAN-WALKER, Arthur Fairfax

Rank: Major

Age: 32

No. 53633

Unit: 1st Battery Commander

Missing since:22-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Colonel J.N. Walker, of Streatley, Berkshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 1

KIA Information: Known to have been killed by enemy shell fire at 1st Airlanding Brigade HQ at the Hemelsche Berg.

 

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Name: MUIR, James

Rank: Gunner

Age: 31

No. 1148553

Unit: D Troop, 2nd Battery

Missing since:23-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Helen Muir, of Cathcart, Glasgow.

Son of William and Margaret Muir.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in D Troop position.

 

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Name: KNIGHT, Maurice

Rank: Bombardier

Age: 21

No. 868123

Unit: E Troop, 3rd Battery

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of E.J. Knight, of Mile End, Essex.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

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

Name: PATCHETT, Henry Joseph

Rank: Gunner

Age: 21

No. 14251974

Unit: D. Troop 2nd Battery

Missing since:22-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Harry and Kathleen Patchett, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 2

KIA Information: Known to have been killed by a tank near the Old Church on Benedendorpsweg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: TAYLOR , Percy Albert "Buck"

Rank: Captain

Age: 31

No. 265315

Unit: D Troop Commander

Missing since:24-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Nancy Taylor, of Wrentham, Suffolk.

Son of C.H and Beatrice Annie Taylor.

Groesbeek Panel: 1

KIA Information:When the D Troop had come under heavy sniper fire, Captain Taylor got a jeep and went up to get the wounded men out. He himself was wounded but when back to help more and whilst he was putting Sergeant Fletcher in his jeep, he was hit again. He was brought to the Dennenoord house which was used by the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment as a Regimental Aid Post, where he died of his wounds. His body went missing after the battle.

 

However he was buried as an unknown officer at Arnhem/Oosterbeek Cemetery in grave 6.A.5.

I forwarded his case to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission and in September 2009, I got this answer: it has not been possible, due to conflicting dental information, to agree, ‘beyond all reasonable doubt’, the minimum requirement of the Department, that this is the resting place of the late Captain Taylor.

 

A typical case I would say, as dental records, cannot always be 100% reliable, especially after so many years. Who knows what happened between the last record and the time a soldier body is found, his body had been in the ground for a year and a half and was obviously badly decomposed. But I am not an expert on that, this would be a case for DNA research.