MARKETGARDEN.COM - THE DIGITAL MONUMENT 1995-2014

Order of Battle and Operational Details - 1st British Airborne Division and Attached Units.


British 1st Airborne Division

Major-General R. E. Urquhart D.S.O (evader)

Divisional HQ and Defence Platoon Based at Fulbeck Hall. Flew in 7 C-47's from Barkston Heath and Saltby and 29 Horsas from Fairford, Down Ampney and Manston. Went in: 142 men; died: 14; evacuated: 70; captured:58

Divisional HQ and Defence Platoon

madden.jpg (8113 bytes)

maquire.jpg (7697 bytes)

loder-symonds.jpg (9150 bytes)

General Staff Officer 1 (Operations)

General Staff Officer 2
(Air)

General Staff Officer 3 (Intelligence)

Commander
Royal Artillery

myers.jpg (8909 bytes)

packe.jpg (9491 bytes)

preston.jpg (8428 bytes)

warrack.jpg (8881 bytes)

Commander
Royal Engineers

Commander
Royal Army Service Corps

Assistant Adjutant &
Quartermaster-General

Assistant Director
of Medical Services

mobbs.jpg (7864 bytes)

butterworth.jpg (8390 bytes)

ewens.jpg (7961 bytes)

Assistant Director
of Ordnance Services

Assistant Provost Marshal

Commander Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers

Commander
Defence Platoon

 

 

1st Parachute Brigade
Brig. G. W. Lathbury DSO, MBE (wounded and evader)

Brigade HQ and Defence Platoon Based at Syston Old Hall. Flew in 9 C-47s from Barkston Heath and (believed) 8 Horsas from Blakehill Farm. Went in: 82 men; died: 5; evacuated: 3; captured:74

officers

Brigade Major: Maj. J.A. Hibbert
Intelligence Officer: Capt. W.A. Taylor
General Staff Officer (Air): Capt. C.R. Miller
Quarter Master: Maj. C.D. Byng-Maddick
Staff Captain: Capt. B.W. Briggs
BRASCO: Capt. P.G. Mortlock
Brigade Signals Officers: Capt. W.J. Marquand, Lt. J.B. Cairns
Medical Officer: Capt. D. Wright
Commander Defence Platoon: Lt. J.P. Barnett
Liaison Officer 2nd Para Battalion: Lt. A. Roberts
Liaison Officer 3rd Para Battalion: Lt. H.S. Dean

1st Parachute Battalion

2nd Parachute Battalion

3rd Parachute Battalion

taken prisoner but
escaped and became evader

prisoner of war

died of wounds

1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, RA

1st parachute Squadron, RE

16 Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

Maj. W. F. Arnold
prisoner of war

Maj. D.C. Murray
prisoner of war

Lt-Col E. Townsend
prisoner of war

1st Parachute Battalion

Based at Grimsthorpe Castle and Bourne. Flew in 34 C-47s from Barkston Heath, vehicles in 7 Horsas from Keevil and a Hamilcar from Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 548 men; died: 82; evacuated:89 or 108 (reports differ); captured:377
officers Headquarters/Support Company : Capt. J. A. E. Davies
        Signals Platoon : Lt. J. J. Lasenby
        Assault Platoon : Lt. W. J. F. Sutton
        Mortar Platoon : Lt. G. E. Guyon
        Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. J. Gardiner
R Company : Maj. J. Timothy
        No.1 Platoon : Lt. F. H. Greenhalgh
        No.2 Platoon : Lt. G. Kilmartin
        No.3 Platoon : Lt. R. A. Halstead
S Company : Maj. R. Stark
        No.5 Platoon : Lt. B. J. Gick
        No.6 Platoon : Lt. R. A. J. Bingley
        No.7 Platoon : Lt. R. H. B. Feltham
T Company : Maj. C. Perrin-Brown
        No.9 Platoon : Lt. J. T. McFadden
        No.10 Platoon : Lt. E. Davies
        No.11 Platoon : Lt. J. Helingoe

2nd Parachute Battalion

Based at Stoke Rochford and Grantham. Flew in 34 C-47s from Saltby, vehicles in gliders as 1st Battalion. Went in: 525 men; died: 57; evacuated: 16; captured: 452
officers Headquarters Company : Maj. F. R. Tate
        Signals Platoon : Lt. J. G. Blunt
Support Company : Capt. S. C. Panter
        Assault Platoon : Lt. D. M. Douglas
        Mortar Platoon : Lt. R.B. Woods
        Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. J. H. A. Monsell
A Company : Maj. D. Tatham-Warter
        No.1 Platoon : Lt. Robin Vlasto
        No.2 Platoon : Lt. Jack Grayburn
        No.3 Platoon : Lt. Andrew McDermont
B Company : Maj. D. Crawley
        No.4 Platoon : Lt. H. Levien
        No.5 Platoon : Lt. C. Stanford
        No.6 Platoon : Lt. P. Cane
C Company : Maj. V. Dover
        No.7 Platoon : Lt. D. Russell
        No.8 Platoon : Lt. I. Russell
        No.9 Platoon : Lt. P. Barry

3rd Parachute Battalion

Based at Spalding. Flew in as 2nd Battalion. Went in: 588 men; died: 65; evacuated: 28; captured: 495
officers Headquarters Company : Maj. J. I. Houston
        Signals Platoon : Lt. J. Pryce
        Assault/Pioneer Platoon : Lt. H. D. Burwash
        Mortar Platoon : Lt. J. Gillespie
        Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. M. J. Dickson
A Company : Maj. M. Dennison
        No.1 Platoon : Lt. R.M. Bussell (escaped and killed by the gestapo)
        No.2 Platoon : Lt. A. R. Baxter
        No.3 Platoon : Lt. B. P. Ash
B Company : Maj. A.P.H. Waddy (KIA)
        No.4 Platoon : Lt. E. A. James
        No.5 Platoon : Lt. J. Cleminson
        No.6 Platoon : Lt. G. T. Hill
C Company : Maj. P. Lewis
        No.7 Platoon : Lt P. Hibburt
        No.8 Platoon : Lt. G. M. Infield
        No.9 Platoon : Lt. L. Wright

1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery

Based at Heckington and Helpringham, with newly formed 17-pounder P Troop at Tarrant Rushton. Flew in 30 Horsas from Manston (mostly) and Blakehill Farm, 17-pounder troops in 8 Hamilcars from Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 191 men; died: 24; evacuated: 52; captured:115

officers

A Troop (6-pndr. support 1 Para Bn): Lt. E. E. Clapham
B Troop (6-pndr. support 2 Para Bn): Lt. P. McFarlane
C Troop (6-pndr. support 3 Para Bn): Lt. T. Shaw
D Troop (17-pndr. support  Division Troops): Lt. J. T. Lewis
P Troop (17-pndr. support  1 Para Brigade): Lt. J. Casey
Z Troop (6-pndr. support Division Troops): Lt  MacNaught

1st parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers

Based at Donnington. Flew in 9 C-47s from Barkston Heath and 4 Horsas from Keevil. Went in: 143 men; died: 20; evacuated: 13; captured: 110
officers A Troop : Capt. E. Mackay
B Troop : Capt. T. J. Livesey
C Troop : Capt. W. Cox

16 Parachute Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

Based at Culverthorpe. Flew in 6 C-47s from Barkston Heath and Saltby and 6 Horsas from Keevil. Went in: 135 men; died: 6; probably none evacuated; captured: up to 129

 

1st Airlanding Brigade
Brig. R. H. W. Hicks DSO, MC, CBE

Brigade HQ and Defence Platoon Based at Woodhall Spa. Flew in 11 Horsas from Broadwell. Went in: 69 men; died: 7, evacuated: 39; captured:23

officers

Deputy Commander: Col. H.N. Barlow (KIA 19-09-1944)
Brigade Major: Maj. C.A.H.B. Blake
Intelligence Officer: Capt. W.R. Burns
(KIA 20-09-1944)
Quarter Master: Capt. D.H. Robson
Staff Captain: Capt. E.A. Moy-Thomas
(KIA 20-09-1944)
BRASCO: Capt. L.A.C. Lockyer
Signals Officers: Capt. S.L. Blatch
(KIA 20-09-1944), Lt. F.E. Drake
Liaison Officer 2th South Stafs: Lt. G.N. Austin
(KIA 24-09-1944)
Liaison Officer 7th KOSB: Lt. J. Clark
Liaison Officer 1st Border: unknown
Commander Brigade Defence Platoon: Lt. A.R. Thomas
(KIA 20-09-1944)
Defense Platoon Sergeant Major: WO II J. Jeffries
Instructor APTC: WO II L. Morgan
(KIA 24-09-1944)

7th (Galloway) Battalion
The King's Own Scottish
Borderers (Airborne)

1st (Airborne) Battalion
The Border Regiment

2nd (Airborne) Battalion
The South Staffordshire Regiment

Royal Army Medical Corps
181 Airlanding Field Ambulance

Lt-Col R. Payton-Reid
(returned on the evacuation)

Lt-Col T. H. Haddon
(prisoner of war)

Lt-Col W. D. H. McCardie (wounded & prisoner of war)

Lt-Col A.T. Marrable
(prisoner of war)

7th (Galloway) King's Own Scottish Borderers

Based at Woodhall Spa. Flew in 56 Horsas from Down Ampney and Blakehill Farm and a Hamilcar from Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 765 men; died:112 ; evacuated: 76; captured: 577

officers

Second In Command: Maj. J.S.A. Coke (killed in escape Pegasus II)
Headquarters Company : Maj. A. Cochran
        Signals Platoon : Lt. W.J.M. Lamond
        Pioneer Platoon : Lt. J. Chrystal
Support Company : Maj. H. Hill
        Mortar Group : Capt. G.W. Steer
        No.1 Mortar Platoon : Lt. C.M. Pelissier
        No.2 Mortar Platoon : Lt. A. Crighton
        Medium Machine Gun Group : Capt. J.W. Coulthard
        No.1 Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. A.W. Robertson-Durham
        No.2 Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. T.E. Donaldson
        Anti Tank Group : Capt. B. Bannatyne
        No.1 Anti Tank Platoon : Lt. A. Hannah
        No.2 Anti Tank Platoon : Lt. A. Sharples
A Company : Maj. R. G. Buchanan
        No.1 Platoon : Lt. L. Kane
        No.2 Platoon : Lt. D.A. Cameron
        No.3 Platoon : Lt. G.S. MacDonald
        No.4 Platoon : Lt. J. Strang
B Company : Maj. M.B. Forman
        No.5 Platoon : Lt. A.D.M. Murray (KIA 18-09-1944)
        No.6 Platoon : Lt. E.R.E. Carter
        No.7 Platoon : Lt. C. Doig
        No.8 Platoon : Lt. C.J. Ashley
C Company : Maj. G.M. Dinwiddie
        No.9 Platoon : Lt. A. Hunter
        No.10 Platoon : Lt. A. Wayte
        No.11 Platoon : Lt. M.L. Kaufmann
        No.12 Platoon : Lt. J.Taylor
D Company : Major Gordon Sherriff
        No.13 Platoon : Lt. J. Hunter
        No.14 Platoon : Lt. W.G. Beddoe
        No.15 Platoon : Lt. A. Kipping
        No.16 Platoon : Lt. P.B. Mason

1st Battalion The Border Regiment

Based at Woodhall Spa, B Company at Bardney. Flew in 56 Horsas from Broadwell and Blakehill Farm and a Hamilcar from Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 788 men; died: 121 (more than any other battalion); evacuated: 235; captured: 432
officers Headquarters Company : Maj. D. Morrisey
        Signals Platoon : Lt. J. Hardy
        Pioneer Platoon : Lt. A. Cox
Support Company : Maj. R. Stewart
        Mortar Group : Capt. B. Ingram
        No.23 Mortar Platoon : Lt. M. Holman
        No.24 Mortar Platoon : Lt. B. Coulthard
        Anti Tank Group : Capt. R. Reese
        No.25 Anti Tank Platoon : Lt. J.A.Howe
        No.26 Anti Tank Platoon : Lt. E. Newport
        Medium Machine Gun Group : Capt. T.W.I. Cleasby
        No.27 Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. J.Tate
        No.28 Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. J. McCartney
A Company : Maj. T. Montgomery (DOW 21-11-1944)
        No.7 Platoon : Lt. P. Baillie
        No.8 Platoon : Lt. T.W. Aasen
        No.9 Platoon : Lt. R.H. Coulston
        No.10 Platoon : Lt. E. Scrivener
B Company : Maj. T. Armstrong
        No.11 Platoon : Lt. S. Barnes
        No.12 Platoon : Lt. A.R. Royall
        No.13 Platoon : Lt. J. Wellbelove
        No.14 Platoon : Sgt. T. Watson 
C Company : Major William Neill
        No.15 Platoon : Lt. P.G. Boville
        No.16 Platoon : Lt. G.W. Comper
        No.17 Platoon : Lt. R.C. Crittenden
        No.18 Platoon : Lt. A. Roberts
D Company : Major Charles Breese
        No.19 Platoon : Lt. J. Bainbridge
        No.20 Platoon : Lt. A.T. Green
        No.21 Platoon : Lt. P. Holt
        No.22 Platoon : Lt. G. Brown

2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment

Based at Woodhall Spa. Flew in over two days in 62 Horsas from Manston and Broadwell and a Hamilcar from Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 767 men; died: 85; evacuated: 124; captured: 558.
officers Headquarters Company : Maj. J. Simonds
        Signals Platoon : Lt. H.H.L. Cartwright
        Pioneer Platoon : Lt. E.F. Walters
Support Company : Maj. J. Buchanan
        Mortar Group : Capt. A.H. Willcocks
        No.1 Mortar Platoon : Lt. J. Reynolds
        No.2 Mortar Platoon : Lt. L. Withers
        Medium Machine Gun Group : Unknown
        No.1 Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. C.J. MacDonnell
        No.2 Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. W.A. Harvie
        Anti Tank Group : Capt. G.C. Woodward
        No.1 Anti Tank Platoon : Lt. E.H.D. Butler
        No.1 Anti Tank Platoon : Unknown
A Company : Maj. T. B. Lane
        No.7 Platoon : Lt. W.C. Withnall
        No.8 Platoon : Lt. A.E. Barker
        No.9 Platoon : Lt. R.A. Barrett
        No.10 Platoon : Lt. G.W. Glassborow
B Company : Maj. Robert Cain
        No.11 Platoon : Lt. K.D. Taylor
        No.12 Platoon : Lt. G. Dupenois
        No.13 Platoon : Lt. C. Norwood
        No.14 Platoon : Lt. J. Sharp
C Company : Maj. P. Wright
        No.15 Platoon : Lt. P.H. Turner
        No.16 Platoon : Lt. P.B. Evans
        No.17 Platoon : Lt. D.K. Edwards
        No.18 Platoon : Lt. J. Badger
D Company : Maj. J.E. Phillp
        No.19 Platoon : Lt. A.E. Boustead (wounded and POW)
        No.20 Platoon : Lt. J.E. Hardman-Mountford
        No.21 Platoon : Lt. E. Roebuck
        No.22 Platoon : Lt. J.E. Erskine

181 Airlanding Field Ambulance, RAMC

Based at Stenigot House and Martin. Flew in 12 Horsas from Down Ampney. Went in: 137 men; died: 5; probably none evacuated; captured: up to 132.

 

4th Parachute Brigade
Brig. J. W. Hackett DSO, MBE, MC (wounded and evader)

  officers

Brigade Major: Maj. C.N.B. Dawson (KIA 20-09-1944)
Intelligence Officer: Capt. G.M. Blundell (KIA 20-09-1944)
GSO 3: Capt. R.R. Temple
DAAQ: Capt. Barrow
Staff Captain: Capt. H.B. Booty
BRASCO: Capt. C.R. Harkness
Cdr. 6th. L. Aid Det. R.E.M.E : Lt. A.M. Brodie
Brigade Transport Officer: Capt. Taylor
Brigade Signals Officer: Capt. A.B. Kennet
Medical Officer: Capt. R.E. Bonham Carter
Commander Defence Platoon: Lt. H.G. Taylor
Commander Military Police Section: Lt. F.J.R. Locke
Liason Officer 156 Parachute Batallion: Lt. H.T.B. Matthews
Liason Officer 10 Parachute Battalion: Lt. H.C.J. Roderick
Liason Officer 11 Parachute Battalion: Lt. W.H. Sackville
Sergeant Major: W.O.II W. Hennon
Brigade HQ and Defence Platoon Based at Knossington Grange. Flew in 9 C-47s (1 with Advance Party from Barkston Heath, 8 from Spanhoe) and 8 Horsas from Keevil. Went in: 86 men. died: 12; evacuated: 43; captured:31

156 Parachute Battalion

1Oth Parachute Battalion

11th Parachute Battalion

Lt-Col Sir W.R. de Briancourt des Voeux
(killed in action)

Lt-Col K. B. 1. Smyth OBE
(died of wounds)

Lt-Col G. H. Lea
(wounded & prisoner of war)

2nd (Oban) Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, RA

4th Parachute Squadron,
Royal Engineers

133 Parachute Field Ambulance, RAMC

Maj. A. F. Haynes
(prisoner of war)

Maj. A. J. M. Perkins
(wounded and prisoner of war)

Lt-Col W. C. Alford
(prisoner of war)

156 Parachute Battalion

Based in and around Melton Mowbray. Flew in 34 C-47s (1 with Advance Party from Barkston Heath, 33 from Saltby), vehicles in 7 Horsas rom Keevil and a Hamilcar from Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 479 men (possibly more); died: 98; evacuated: 68; captured:313

officers

Headquarters Company : Maj. M.S. Page (KIA)
       Signals Platoon : Lt. D. J. Suter
Support Company : Capt. T. Wainwright
        Anti Tank Platoon : Lt. M.Cambier (escaped and killed by the gestapo)
        Mortar Platoon : Lt. R. M. M. Adams
        Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. J. F. Noble
A Company : Maj. J. Pott
        No.3 Platoon : Sgt. W. Griffiths 
        No.4 Platoon : Lt. S.E. Watling (KIA)
        No.5 Platoon : Lt. L. Delacour (KIA)
B Company : Maj. J. Waddy
        No.6 Platoon : Lt. R. W. Wood (DOW)
        No.7 Platoon : Lt. J. Davison (KIA)
        No.8 Platoon : Lt. D. Kayne
C Company : Maj. G. Powell
        No.9 Platoon : Lt. N. R. Willcock
        No.10 Platoon : Sgt. J. A. Black
        No.11 Platoon : Lt. W.S. Donaldson (KIA)

1Oth Parachute Battalion

Based at Somerby, Thorpe Satchville, Burgh-on-the-Hill and Twyford. Flew in 34 C-47s (1 with Advance Party from Barkston Heath, 33 from Spanhoe), vehicles as 156 Battalion. Went in: 582 men; died: 92; evacuated: 86; captured:404

officers

Headquarters Company : Maj. C. Ashworth
        Signals Platoon : Lt. J. Clark
Support Company : Maj. F. W. Lindley
        Assault Platoon : Lt. L. E. S. Trehearn
        Mortar Platoon : Lt. R.G.W. Dodd
        Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. H. Radcliff
A Company : Maj. P. Anson
        No.3 Platoon : Lt. L. Kiaer
        No.4 Platoon : Lt. P. Mackey
        No.5 Platoon : Lt. J. Howard
B Company : Maj. P. Warr
        No.10 Platoon : Lt. A. E. Baker
        No.11 Platoon : Lt. H. M. Broadway
        No.12 Platoon : Lt. W. Burgess
D Company : Maj. C. Horsfall
        No.16 Platoon : Lt. J. R. Proctor
        No.17 Platoon : Lt. P. B. Mackenzie
        No.18 Platoon : Lt. P. Saunders

11th Parachute Battalion

Based at Melton Mowbray. Flew in as 156 Battalion. Went in: 571 men; died: 92; evacuated: 72; captured:407
officers Headquarters Company : Maj. D.R.W. Webber
        Signals Platoon : Lt. W.G. Fleet
Support Company : Capt. F. King
        Assault Platoon : Lt. F. Crawford
        Mortar Platoon : Lt. R. Thomas
        Medium Machine Gun Platoon : Lt. J. Rogerson
A Company : Maj. D. Gilchrist
        No.1 Platoon : Lt. A.A. Vickers
        No.2 Platoon : Lt. W.A.P. Grose
        No.3 Platoon : Lt R.Wood
B Company : Maj. G. Blacklidge
        No.4 Platoon : Lt. W. Speke
        No.5 Platoon : Lt A.L.T. Hoyle
        No.6 Platoon : Lt J.E. Blackwood
C Company : Maj. P. Milo
        No.7 Platoon : Lt. R. de Courcy Peele
        No.8 Platoon : Lt. K.F. Bell
        No.9 Platoon : Lt. G.H. Fitzgerald

2nd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery

Based at Harrowby, Flew in 24 Horsas from Blakehill Farm and 8 Hamiicars from Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 168 men; died: evacuated: 37; captured:106

officers

Battery Headquarters:
Battery Commander: Maj. A.F. Haynes
Battery Captain 'A' : Capt. P.R.M. Barron
Battery Captain 'O' : Capt. J.R. Elliot

Liason Officers:
Lt. W.Mac Innes
Lt. Withcombe
Lt. Palmer

Battery Sergeant Major: WOff.II H.J. Baxter

E Troop (6-pndr. support 11 Para Bn): Lt. R. Glover (KIA 19-9-1944)
F Troop (17-pndr. support Division Troops): Lt. R. McLaren
G Troop (6-pndr. support 10 Para Bn): Lt. L.O. Harding
H Troop (6-pndr. support 156 Para Bn): Lt. F.W. Ellis
X Troop (17-pndr. support 4th Para Brigade): Lt. G.A. Paull

4th Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers

Based at Uppingham. Flew in 9 C-47s from Spanhoe and 4 horsas from Keevil. Went in: 155 men; died: 19; evacuated: 64; captured:72
officers No.1 Troop : Capt. J.G.A. Smith
No.2 Troop : Capt. J.J. McCormie
No.3 Troop : Capt. H. Brown

133 Parachute Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

Based at Barleythorpe Hall. Flew in 6 C-47s from Spanhoe and Saltby, and 6 Horsas from Keevil. Went in: 129 men; died: 6; probably none evacuated; missing: up to 123; one officer from the 'sea tail' also died.

 

Divisional Units

163 Field Ambulance, RAMC

1st Airlanding Light Regiment, Royal Artillery

1 Forward (Airborne) Observation Unit, RA

1st Airborne Divisional Signals

Lt-Col M.E.M Herford MBE,MC,DSO
(prisoner of war)

Lt-Col W. F. K. Thompson MBE (wounded & prisoner of war)

Maj. D. R. Wight Boycott
(at Airborne Corps HQ, Groesbeek)

Lt-Col T. C. V. Stephenson

9th (Airborne) Field Company, Royal Engineers

261 (Airborne) Field Park Company, RE

21st Independent
Parachute Company

1st Airborne
Reconnaissance Squadron

Maj. J. C. Winchester

Lt W. H. Skinner
(who was killed in
a battlefield atrocity)

Maj. B. A. Wilson

Maj. C. F. G. Gough MC
(prisoner of war)

250 (Airborne) Light Composite Company

1st Airborne Divisional
Field Park, RAOC

1st (Airborne) Divisional Workshops R.E.M.E.

1st (Airborne) Divisional Provost Company, CMP

cranmer-bing.jpg (8402 bytes)

X

Capt. Cranmer-Byng
(evader)

Maj. C. C. Chidgey
(wounded and prisoner of war)

commander unknown

Capt. W. B. Gray
(died of wounds)

89th (Parachute) Field Security Section,
Intelligence Corps

     

     

Capt. J. E. Killick
(prisoner of war)

     

1st Airlanding Light Regiment, Royal Artillery

Based at Boston. The regiment (less No.2 Battery) flew in 57 Horsas from Fairford, Blakehill Farm, Down Ampney, Manston and Keevil on first lift; No. 2 Battery and others flew in 33 Horsas from Manston on second lift. Went in: 372 men; died: 36;evacuated: 136; missing: 200.

officers

1st Airlanding Light Battery : Maj. A. Norman-Walker (KIA 22-9-1944)
        A Troop : Capt. J.H.D. Lee
        B Troop : Capt. J. Walker
2nd Airlanding Light Battery : Maj. J. Linton
        C Troop : Capt. P. Chard
        D Troop : Capt. P. Taylor
3rd Airlanding Light Battery : Maj. D. Munford
        E Troop : Capt. T. Harrison
        F Troop : Capt. T.M. Griffiths

1 Forward (Airborne) Observation Unit, Royal Artillery

Based at Harlaxton Hall. Flew in 3 Horsas from Keevil and in small groups in C-47s and Horsas of brigades and battalions. Went in: 73 men; died: 7; evacuated: 23; missing: 43.

officers

Commanding Officer: Capt. A.E. O´Grady

Attached 1st Parachute Brigade:

Brigade Headquarters: Capt. C.O. Kennedy
1st Parachute Battalion:
Capt. W.S. Caird
2nd Parachute Battalion:
Capt. H.S. Buchanan (KIA 19-9-1944)
3rd Parachute Battalon: Capt D.C.O. Bowerman (DOW 19-9-1944)

Attached 4th Parachute Brigade:

Brigade Headquarters: Capt. T.V. Miller
156 Parachute Battalion:
Capt. R.H. Stevens (DOW 24-9-1944)
10 Parachute Battalion:
Capt. W.S. Whimister
11 Parachute Battalion:
Capt. J.L. Brown

Attached 1st Airlanding Brigade:

Brigade Headquarters: Capt. C.J.S. MacMillen, Capt. E.I. Gilman
1st Battalion The Border Regiment:
Capt. S.B. Birchmore
2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment:
Capt. R.G.A. Gow (KIA 19-9-1944)
7th Battalion K.O.S.B. Regiment:
Capt. J. Langford

Attached to Divisional Troops:

Headquarters Royal Artillery: Capt. C.W. Ilkin
1st Airborne Recce Squadron:
Capt. W.J. Mallet

1st Airborne Divisional Signals

Based at Caythorpe. Flew in C-47s and Horsas from several airfields, much of the unit being split up to provide signals for the division's infantry brigade and artillery HQs. Went in: 348 men; died: 28; evacuated: 149; missing: 171.

officers

No.1 Company - Divisional Headquarters Signals : Maj. G.W. Holbrook
        A Section (wireless) : Capt. J.R. Smith
        C-Section (lines) : Lt. D.A. Polley
No.2 Company- Brigade and Artillery Signals
        E-Section (Light Regiment) : Lt. R. Gregg
        F-Section (HQ Royal Artillery) : Lt. G.C. Marshall
        J-Section (1st Para Brigade) : Cap. W.J. Marquand
        K-Section (4th Para Brigade) : Capt. A.B. Kennett
        L-Section (1st Airlanding Brigade) : Capt. S.L. Blatch

9th (Airborne) Field Company, Royal Engineers

Based at Tattershall and Coningsby. Flew in 22 Horsas in two lifts from Keevil. Went in: 194 men; died: 44; evacuated: 71; missing: 79.
officers No.1 Platoon : Capt. R. Binyon
No.2 Platoon : Capt. E.C. O'Callighan , Lt. R.E.J.W. Timmins
No.3 Platoon : Capt. M. Heggie, Lt. J. Steel

261 (Airborne) Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

Flew in 3 Horsas and a Hamilcar, believed all from Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 13 men; died: 2; evacuated: 5; captured: 6

21st Independent Parachute Company

Based at Newark. Flew in 12 Stirlings from Fairford and a Horsa (believed from Fairford). Went in: 186 men; died: 20; evacuated: 120; captured: 46
officers No.1 Platoon : Lt. D. Eastwood
No.2 Platoon : Lt. C.E.K. Speller
No.3 Platoon : Lt. H. Ashmore

1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron

Based at Ruskington. Flew in 8 C,47s from Barkston Heath and 22 Horsas from Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 181 men; died: 30; evacuated: 73; captured: 78. Second in command: Capt D. Allsop

officers

Headquarters Troop : Capt. H. Platt
Support Troop : Lt. J.A. Christie
A Troop : Capt. M.W. Grubb
        No.1 Section : Lt. J. Stevenson
        No.2 Section : Lt. D. Galbraith
        No.3 Section : Lt. D.R. Guthrie
C Troop : Capt. J.A. Hay
        No.7 Section : Lt. R.C. Foulkes
        No.8 Section : Lt. P.L. Bucknall
        No.9 Section : Lt. C.B. Bowles
D Troop : Capt. J.R.C.R. Park
        No.10 Section : Lt. J.W. Marshall
        No.11 Section : Lt. W.F.V. Hodge
        No.12 Section : Lt. A.F. Pascal

250 (Airborne) Light Composite Company

RASC Based at Longhills Hall, Branston, and at Lincoln. Three parachute platoons, with jeeps sections attached, together with a light transport section of jeeps, were provided by the company for the airborne operation, most of the heavy transport coming up with the 'sea tail'. Flew in 4 C-47s from Barkston Heath and Saltby and 34 Horsas and 3 Hamilcars from Keevil, Harwell and Tarrant Rushton. Went in: 226 men (including 10 from 93 Company attached); died: 29; evacuated: 75; captured: 122.

officers

No.1 Para Platoon & 1st Para Jeep Section (1st Para Brigade) : Capt. J.L. Cranmer-Byng
No.2 Para Platoon & 2nd Para Jeep Section (4th Para Brigade) : Capt. D.T. Kavanagh
No.3 Para Platoon & 3rd Para Jeep Section (1st Airlanding Brigade) : Capt. W.V.A. Gell

1st (Airborne) Divisional Field Park, RAOC

Based at Grantham. Flew in a shared C-47 from Barkston Heath and a Horsa from Keevil. Went in: 19 men; died:2; evacuated: 2; captured: 15.

1st (Airborne) Divisional Workshops R.E.M.E.

REME Based at Sleaford. A detachment of the unit flew in 4 Horsas from Fairford and Down Ampney, and individual men flew in with various units. Went in: 61 men; died: 6; evacuated: 29; captured: 26

officers

Advanced Workshop Detachment : Lt. G. Manning
1st Para Brigade Light Aid Detachment : RSM M.J. Jaboor
4th Para Brigade Light Aid Detachment : Lt. A.M. Brodie

1st (Airborne) Divisional Provost Company, CMP

Based at Stubton Hall, Newark, but sections at divisional and brigade HQs. Company HQ_flew in a Horsa from Down Ampney, sections in shared C-47s or Horsas with units. Went in: 69 men; died: 7; evacuated: 13; captured: 49

officers

No.1 Provost Section (1st Para Brigade) : Lt. W.D. Morley
No.2 Provost Section (4th Para Brigade) : Lt. T.G.A. Smith
No.3 Provost Section (1st Para Brigade) : Lt. F.L. Horton
No.4 Provost Section (Divisional HQ) : Lt. R.J. Falck

89th (Parachute) Field Security Section, Intelligence Corps

Based at Wellingore. HQ flew in a shared Horsa from Fairford, others with units. Went in: 16 men; died: 3;evacuated: 4; captured: 9

 

units attached to the Division

 

The Glider Pilot Regiment
No. I WING (HQ Harwell)

The Glider Pilot Regiment
No. 2 WING (HQ Broadwell)

6080 and 6341
Light Warning Units, RAF

Dutch Liaison Mission

X

X

Lt-Col I.A. Murray DSO

Lt-Col J. W. Place

commander unknown

commander unknown

Public Relations Team

US Air Support Signals Teams

GHQ Signal Liaison Regiment Detachment (Phantom)

Jedburgh Team

X

X

X

X

commander unknown

commander unknown

commander unknown

commander unknown

The Glider Pilot Regiment No. I WING (HQ Harwell)

A Squadron at Harwell, B Squadron normally at Brize Norton but flying to Arnhem from Manston, D Squadron at Keevil and G Squadron at Fairford.
officers A Squadron : Maj. S.C. Griffith
        No.1 Flight : Capt. N.G. Hardie
        No.17 Flight : Capt. N.A.C. Smellie
B Squadron : Maj. T.I.J. Toler
        No.3 Flight : Capt. T.G. Miller
        No.4 Flight : Capt. J.F. Smellie
        No.19 Flight : Capt. D.A. Simpson
        No.20 Flight : Capt. A. F. W. Low
D Squadron : Capt. J. Ogilvie
        No.5 Flight : Capt. J.A. Morrison
        No.8 Flight : Capt. B. Murdoch
        No.13 Flight : Capt. S.G. Cairns
        No.21 Flight : Capt. F.H. Barclay
        No.22 Flight : Capt. I.C.Muir
G Squadron : Maj. R.S. Croot
        No.9 Flight : Capt. M.T. Corrie
        No.10 Flight : Capt. M.W.D. Priest
        No.23 Flight : Capt. E.H. Leschalles
        No.24 Flight : Capt. R.O. Walchi

The Glider Pilot Regiment No. 2 WING (HQ Broadwell)

C Squadron at Tarrant Rushton, E Squadron at Down Ampney and F Squadron at Broadwell and Blakehill Farm. Went in: 1,262 men; died: 219; evacuated: 532; missing: 51 1. (These figures do not include 76 glider pilots of Regimental HQ including Col G. S. Chatterton, and of A Squadron who flew gliders carrying Airborne Corps HQ without serious casualty.)
officers C Squadron : Maj. J.A.C. Dale
        No.6 Flight : Capt. B.H. Halsall
        No.7 Flight : Capt. F.C. Aston
E Squadron : Maj. B.P.H. Jackson
        No.11 Flight : Capt. G. Mills
        No.12 Flight : Capt. C.B. Dodwell
        No.25 Flight : Capt. A. Oxenford
F Squadron : Maj. F.A.S. Murray
        No.14 Flight : Capt. A.E. Pickwoad
        No.15 Flight : Capt. E. Thomas
        No.16 Flight : Capt. F. Robson

6080 and 6341 Light Warning Units, RAF

These mobile radar units flew in 4 Horsas from Harwell on the second lift. Went in: 45 men; died: 9; evacuated: 4; missing: 32.

Dutch Liaison Mission

This 12-strong group, mostly from No. 2 (Dutch) Troop of No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando, flew in with various units. 2 commando's were involved in premature Glider Landings; 1 Commando was killed (Pte. Bakhuis-Roozeboom) ; 4 were taken prisoner;  the remainder were evacuated or became evaders.
officers Town Commander Arnhem: Lt. Cdr. A. Wolters (Royal Dutch Navy)

Officer Commanding: Lt. M.J. Knottenbelt
Sgt. W. De Waard
(POW 26-09-1944)
Cpr. A.H.J. Italiaander
Pte. M. van Barneveld
Pte. A.J.P. Beekmeier
(POW 20-09-1944)
Pte. Bakhuis Rozeboom
(KIA 18-09-1944)
Pte. H.C.J. Gobetz
(wounded and POW 20-09-1944)
Pte. H.J.M. Gubbels
(POW 21-09-1944)
Pte. C. Helleman
Pte. J.P.H. van der Meer

Public Relations Team

Fifteen men flew in; one was taken prisoner; it is thought that the others were evacuated safely.

US Air Support Signals Teams

Two teams, each of five Americans from the 306th Fighter Control Squadron with two British jeep drivers, flew in 4 Waco gliders from Manston. No fatal casualties; numbers evacuated and missing not known.

GHQ Signal Liaison Regiment Detachment (Phantom)

Ten men flew in (aircraft/glider details not known); no fatal casualties; no further details available.

Jedburgh Team


Two officers (one Dutch, one US) and one US NCO flew in shared C-47.  Both attempted to break out from the Bridge area to look for help.

The Dutch officer Jacobus Groenewoud was killed during this action and the American officer Lt. Harvey Allan Todd returned to his unit at the Bridge. He  became a prisoner of war later.

The US NCO, Technical Sergeant Carl A. Scott, evaded capture and returned to duty but was killed in action later in 1944.

 

back to the other statistics