Robert W. Thompson, Sgt.
Personal information
Age 34
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of Herbert Edward Thompson and Daisy Bessie Louise Thompson. Husband of Vera Marie Thompson, Wembley Park, Middlesex, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 2190500
Rank Sgt.
Function Unknown
Platoon / Troop / Flight Mortar Platoon
Company / Squadron Support Company
Unit / Group 11th Battalion 4th Parachute Brigade
Division / Transport / Command 1st Airborne Division
Regiment Army Air Corps Parachute Regiment
Death information
Died when 19-9-1944
Died where Arnhem
Spot Calunastraat
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Oosterbeek, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 28-C-10
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

On 19 september parts of the 11th Bn were ordered to go north over the railway. The railway bridge at Oranjestraat was under heavy fire so the unit turned a bit west to cross near Heijenoordseweg. When the first group crossed the railway they were hit by MG fire. L/Sgt. Bowers was one of them. The crossing proved to be impossible due to heavy machine gun fire. Nevertheless a small group with Sgt. Thompson went over the railway to rescue L/Sgt. Bowers if possible (Thompson and Bowers were friends). It was during this action that Sgt. Thompson was killed by MG fire. The other men had to retreat due to heavy machine gun fire. Sgt. Thompson was buried in a fieldgrave nearby, opposite Calunastraat 79. Close to the fieldgrave of L/Sgt. Bowers, wo had also been killed there.

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Robert W. Thompson, Sgt.
Personal information
Age 34
Nationality British
Date / place of birth Unknown
Genealogy Son of Herbert Edward Thompson and Daisy Bessie Louise Thompson. Husband of Vera Marie Thompson, Wembley Park, Middlesex, U.K.
Military information
Army Number 2190500
Rank Sgt.
Function Unknown
Platoon / Troop / Flight Mortar Platoon
Company / Squadron Support Company
Unit / Group 11th Battalion 4th Parachute Brigade
Division / Transport / Command 1st Airborne Division
Regiment Army Air Corps Parachute Regiment
Death information
Died when 19-9-1944
Died where Arnhem
Spot Calunastraat
Map reference Unknown
Burial location
Oosterbeek, War Cemetery, Netherlands
Grave number 28-C-10
Graves overview
Miscellaneous information
Personal notes

On 19 september parts of the 11th Bn were ordered to go north over the railway. The railway bridge at Oranjestraat was under heavy fire so the unit turned a bit west to cross near Heijenoordseweg. When the first group crossed the railway they were hit by MG fire. L/Sgt. Bowers was one of them. The crossing proved to be impossible due to heavy machine gun fire. Nevertheless a small group with Sgt. Thompson went over the railway to rescue L/Sgt. Bowers if possible (Thompson and Bowers were friends). It was during this action that Sgt. Thompson was killed by MG fire. The other men had to retreat due to heavy machine gun fire. Sgt. Thompson was buried in a fieldgrave nearby, opposite Calunastraat 79. Close to the fieldgrave of L/Sgt. Bowers, wo had also been killed there.

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