156 Parachute Battalion

156 Parachute Battalion went into to battle with 590 men, 105 were killed, 20 of them are missing since.

Name: BOYD, John

Rank: Private

Age: 19

No.14417276

Unit: ?

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of John and Jean Boyd of, St Ninians, Stirling.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Believed to have been killed on or shortly after landing on Ginkel Heath.

 

National Archive Record WO 361/633


Name: COBB, John Thomson

Rank: Private

Age: 22

No.3062090

Unit: 4th Platoon A Company

Missing since:18/25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of David and Mary Cobb of, Carnoustie, Agnus.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

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

 

Brown hair-5.8ft

 

 


Name: EVANS, Alan William

Rank: Private

Age: 20

No.14555670

Unit: 9th Platoon C Company

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of William and Mary Elizabeth Evans, of Marsh Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Believed to have been killed in the Johannahoeve-Dreyenseweg area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: FORD, Desmond Ewart

Rank: Private

Age: 26

No.3910446

Unit: 8th Platoon B Company

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Mrs C Ford, of Cwmcarn, Monmouthshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed by strafing German fighter in the Dreyenseweg area.

 

Brown hair-6.1ft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: WEST, Roland James

Rank: Corporal

Age: 22

No.5122842

Unit: 5th Platoon A Company

Missing since:20-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Jock and Margaret West, Grandson of Mrs E.M. Fleming, of Dehra Dun, India.

Groesbeek Panel: 8

KIA Information: Known to have been wounded in foot, chest and stomach.

 

Black hair-5.5ft

 

 

Believed to be the unknown soldier at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Grave 19.J.3

National Archive Record WO 361/633


Name: MANNING, Joseph

Rank: Private

Age: 25

No.2758928

Unit: Headquarters A Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin:Glasgow.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: No information is known about his death.

 

 

 

 


Name: GOLLEDGE, William G

Rank: Private

Age: 27

No.5671054

Unit: Headquarters C Company

Missing since:26-09-1944

Next of Kin:Nelson

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: No information is known about his death.

 


Name: DAVISON, John

Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 23

No.151701

Unit: 7th Platoon Commander B Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Gerald and Joan Davison, Putney, London.

Groesbeek Panel: 1

KIA Information: Broke both legs on landing, and could not be moved, the heath around him was on fire, it is said that he shot himself as there was no way of escaping, also could have been killed by enemy fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: FROST, Richard

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 23

No.5780687

Unit: Carrier Platoon HQ Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of, O.M. Frost of Colliers Wood, Surrey.

Groesbeek Panel: 8

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on or shortly after landing. Said to be one of the carrier drivers.

 

 

 


Name: MUNRO, Alexander

Rank: Private

Age: 22

No.14273932

Unit: 5th Platoon A Company

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Archibald and Janet Munro, of Wishaw, Lanarkshire

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on 19-09-1944, during the attack on Lichtenbeek/Dreyenseweg.

 

(See map below D3)

National Archive Record WO 361/633


Name:FLETCHER, Hugh Edward

Rank: Private

Age: 19

No.14422161

Unit: 5th Platoon A Company

Missing since:20-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Edward Hugh and Daisy Minny Fletcher, of Westham, Essex.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been at the 'The Hollow"  , Valkenburglaan.

 

(See map below C4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name:HUNTER, David Hardy

Rank: Private

Age: 20

No.14411126

Unit: 7th Platoon B Company

Missing since:21-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Robert White Hunter and Jessie Halbert Hunter, of Lundin Links, Fife.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: No speciific information in known about his death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name:STIRLING, Andrew Taylor Glen

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 20

No14494827

Unit: 4th Platoon A Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Hugh and Gertrude Jane Stirling, of Cardonald, Glasgow.

Groesbeek Panel: 8

KIA Information: No speciific information in known about his death.

 

 


Name:MALCOLM, David

Rank: Private

Age: 25

No.65680

Unit: C Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Margaret Malcolm, of Perth.

Son of Henry and Jean Malcolm.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information:  Known to have been killed in the night of 18/19-09-1944in the Johannahoeve area.

National Archive Record WO 361/633

Name: HOSKINS, Sidney

Rank: Private

Age: 27

No.5948943

Unit: 10th Platoon C Company

Missing since:18-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Alfred and Mary Hoskins, of Caerau, Glamorgan.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Believed to have been killed on or shortly after landing on Ginkel Heath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: HUTCHINSON, Ronald Frank

Rank: Lance-Corporal

Age: 21

No.5683020

Unit: 4th Platoon A Company/Brengunner

Missing since:18/25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Frank and Phyllis Hutchinson, of Billingham, Co Durham.

Groesbeek Panel: 8

KIA Information: Believed to have been killed on or shortly after landing on Ginkel Heath.

 

Light Brown hair-5.10/5.11ft


Name: POLLOCK, William

Rank: Private

Age: 20

No.14214342

Unit: 6th Platoon B Company

Missing since:19-09-1944

Next of Kin: West Bromwich.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the Johannahoeve-Dreyenseweg area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: HAGGERTY, Denis

Rank: Private

Age: 23

No.6460125

Unit: 10th Platoon C Company

Missing since:20-09-1944

Next of Kin: London.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Wolfheze and buried by civilians  in the cemetery of the Psychiatric Hospital at Wolfheze.

His ID tag and army paybook were taken and handed over to one of the Dutch doctors but they got lost during the evacuation.

Sergeant Joe Conlon, his platoon sergeant, told me he visited the grave whilst in hiding in the area, and in doing so lost his dogtags. through this Haggerty was buried as Sergeant J. Conlon, when it turned out he was alive, this was altered in an unknown grave.

 

So believed to be the unknown soldier at Arnhem-Oosterbeek war Cemetery Grave 6.D.13


Name: COOPER, Ernest

Rank: Private

Age: 31

No.4535120

Unit: 3rd Platoon A Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of George Henry and Mary Cooper, of Sheffield.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been killed on the Ginkel Heath by a mortar bomb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: WALKER, Andrew Ogilvie

Rank: Sergeant

Age: 28

No.2751425

Unit: 8th Platoon B Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Jean Walker, of Glasgow.

Son of Mr Peter Walker.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

KIA Information: Known to have been broken his arm on landing, later killed by a stray bullet in a Field Hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name: SMITH, Leslie

Rank: Private

Age: 25

No.6012115

Unit: 8th Platoon B Company

Missing since:25-09-1944

Next of Kin: Son of Harry and Beatrice Smith, of Romford, Essex.

Groesbeek Panel: 9

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