Maurice Kalikoff, Sgt.
Personal information
Age 28
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of Phillip and Dora Kalikoff, Islington, London, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 6021874
Rank Sgt.
Function Unknown
Platoon / Troop / Flight Mortar Section
Company / Squadron Support Company
Unit / Group 2nd Battalion 1st Parachute Brigade
Division / Transport / Command 1st Airborne Division
Regiment Army Air Corps Parachute Regiment
Death information
Died when 27-10-1944
Died where Lingen/Ems
Spot Unknown
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Rheinberg, War Cemetery, Germany
Grave number 12-K-3
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

Sgt. Kalikoff had fled Ukraine as a child in the 1920's with his parents and sister and was very popular with the men despite being a strict disciplinarian and trainer. His mortar platoon had, together with elements of the Recce Squadron, reached and secured the northern end of the main Arnhem bridge, together with houses and buildings commanding the immediate area. With the other members of 2 Para Mortar Platoon, Sgt. Kalikoff dug individual slit trenches, surrounding two pits that were dug for the mortars, in an island of trees, shrubs and grass. in the centre of the road west of the road bridge. According to an account of James Simms (author of 'Arnhem Speearhead'): 'Just before Arnhem, Maurice had a bee in his bonnet about us achieving a quick exit and a tight stick, so he had us hobbling through a nissen hut with a kit bag on our leg and with full equipment. As this was early September, it was very hot and uncomfortable and we moaned a bit, but Maurice was determined we would get it right. Came the 17th Sept. 1944 and I had just landed by parachute and was gathering myself together to make for 2 Para yellow flare rallying point, when I met Maurice obviously searching for something. It turned out that his kit bag had broken free and he could not find it. I found this very amusing but he didn't. On the 20-09-1944 one of the houses Sgt. Kalikoff was in (close to the road bridge) recieved a direct hit, seriously wounding Kalikoff and killing. He died of his wounds probably on the way to a POW camp in Germany.

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Maurice Kalikoff, Sgt.
Personal information
Age 28
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of Phillip and Dora Kalikoff, Islington, London, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 6021874
Rank Sgt.
Function Unknown
Platoon / Troop / Flight Mortar Section
Company / Squadron Support Company
Unit / Group 2nd Battalion 1st Parachute Brigade
Division / Transport / Command 1st Airborne Division
Regiment Army Air Corps Parachute Regiment
Death information
Died when 27-10-1944
Died where Lingen/Ems
Spot Unknown
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Rheinberg, War Cemetery, Germany
Grave number 12-K-3
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

Sgt. Kalikoff had fled Ukraine as a child in the 1920's with his parents and sister and was very popular with the men despite being a strict disciplinarian and trainer. His mortar platoon had, together with elements of the Recce Squadron, reached and secured the northern end of the main Arnhem bridge, together with houses and buildings commanding the immediate area. With the other members of 2 Para Mortar Platoon, Sgt. Kalikoff dug individual slit trenches, surrounding two pits that were dug for the mortars, in an island of trees, shrubs and grass. in the centre of the road west of the road bridge. According to an account of James Simms (author of 'Arnhem Speearhead'): 'Just before Arnhem, Maurice had a bee in his bonnet about us achieving a quick exit and a tight stick, so he had us hobbling through a nissen hut with a kit bag on our leg and with full equipment. As this was early September, it was very hot and uncomfortable and we moaned a bit, but Maurice was determined we would get it right. Came the 17th Sept. 1944 and I had just landed by parachute and was gathering myself together to make for 2 Para yellow flare rallying point, when I met Maurice obviously searching for something. It turned out that his kit bag had broken free and he could not find it. I found this very amusing but he didn't. On the 20-09-1944 one of the houses Sgt. Kalikoff was in (close to the road bridge) recieved a direct hit, seriously wounding Kalikoff and killing. He died of his wounds probably on the way to a POW camp in Germany.

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