Wolverhampton Men at Arnhem - Remembered

I visited Arnhem in September 2005 and paid my respects to the men of Wolverhampton who fell in the battle for

Arnhem Bridge.

 

CHILLINGSWORTH VICTOR Lance Corporal 4916424

CHILLINGSWORTH VICTOR Lance Corporal 4916424
2nd (Airborne) Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Died of Wounds 25/09/1944 Age:25
Son of Ernest John and Edith Ellen Chillingsworth, of Wolverhampton,
husband of Marian Chillingsworth, of Oxley, Wolverhampton.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. A. 4.
Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

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LEE HAROLD Private 14673094

LEE HAROLD Private 14673094
2nd (Airborne)Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Died of his wounds in the hospital at Apledoorn 01/10/1944 Age:19
Service No: 14673094
Son of Enoch and Mary Ellen Lee, of Bilston, Staffordshire.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 24. B. 18.
Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

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ROWBERY IVOR Private 4928327

ROWBERY IVOR Private 4928327
2nd (Airborne) Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in Action 22/09/1944 Age:22
Son of Arthur Thomas Rowbery and Lilian May Rowbery of Wolverhampton.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 16. A. 20.
Cemetery:ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

The following letter was written by Pte Rowberry before he took off for Arnhem

Dear Mom,

Usually when I write a letter it is very much overdue and I must make every effort to get it away quickly. This letter, however is different. It is a letter I hoped you would never receive, as it is just a verification of that terse, black-edged card which you received some time ago, and which caused you so much grief. It is because of that grief that I wrote this letter, and by the time you have finished reading it I hope that it has done some good, and that I have not written in vain.
It is very difficult to write now of future things in the past tense, so I am returning to the present.
Tomorrow we go into action. As yet I do not know exactly what our job will be, but no doubt it will be a dangerous one in which many lives will be lost - mine may be one of those lives.
Well Mom, I am not afraid to die. I like this life, yes -for the past two years I have planned and dreamed and mapped out a perfect future for myself. I would have liked that future to materialise, but it is not what God wills, and if by sacrificing all this I leave the world slightly better than I found it I am perfectly willing to make that sacrifice. Don't get me wrong though, Mom; I am no flag-waving patriot, nor have I ever professed to be. England's a great little country - the best there is -but I cannot honestly and sincerely say "that it is worth fighting for". Nor can I fancy myself in the role of a gallant crusader fighting for the liberation of Europe. It would be a nice thought, but I would only be kidding myself. No, mom, my little world is centred around you, and includes Dad, everyone at home, and my friends at W'ton - that is worth fighting for - and if by doing so it strengthens your security and improves your lot in any way, then it is worth dying for too. Now this is where I come to the point of this letter. As I have already stated, I am not afraid to die, and am perfectly willing to do so, if, by my doing so, you benefit in any way whatsoever. If you do not then my sacrifice is all in vain. Have you benefited, Mom, or have you cried and worried yourself sick ? I fear it is the latter. Don't you see, Mom, that it will do me no good, and that in addition you are undoing all the good work I have tried to do. Grief is hypocritical, useless and unfair, and neither you or me any good. I want no flowers, no epitaph, no tears. All I want is for you to remember me and feel proud of me; then I shall rest in peace, knowing that I have done a good job. Death is nothing final or lasting; if it were there would be no point in living; it is just a stage in everyone's life. To some it comes early, to others late, but it must come to everyone some time, and surely there is no better way of dying.
Besides, I have probably crammed more enjoyment into my 21 years than some manage to do in 80. My only regret is that I have not done as much for you as I would like to do. I loved you Mom; you were the best mother in the world, and what I failed to do in life I am trying to make up in death, so please don't let me down, Mom, don't worry or fret, but smile, be proud and satisfied. I have never had much money, but what little I have is yours. Please don't be silly or sentimental about it, and don't try to spend it on me. Spend it on yourself or the kiddies, it will do some good that way. Remember that where I am I am quite O.K. and providing that I know you are not grieving over me I shall be perfectly happy.

Well, mom, that is all, and I hope I have not written it all in vain.

Good-bye, and thanks for everything.

Your unworthy son,

Ivor

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WINNAL ROBERT ERNEST Private 14673144

WINNAL ROBERT ERNEST Private 14673144
2nd (Airborne) Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Killed in Action 19/09/1944 Age:19
Son of William and Clarice Emily Winnall, of Compton, Wolverhampton.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 22. C. 8.
Cemetery:ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

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GREENE JOHN CHRISTOPHER Serjeant 819826

GREENE JOHN CHRISTOPHER Serjeant 819826
1st Wing Glider Pilot Regiment A.A.C.
Killed in Action between 20/09/1944 and 22/09/1944 near crossroads Benedendorpseweg/Ploegseweg
Age:27. Son of John and Elizabeth Greene, of Wolverhampton.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 29. A. 10.
Cemetery:ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

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CLARKE ANTHONY LESLIE Corporal 1806655

CLARKE ANTHONY LESLIE Corporal 1806655
1st Bn Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
Killed in Action on Weverstraat Osterbeek 24/09/1944 Age:22
Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Clarke of Penn. Wolverhampton.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. B. 14.
Cemetery:ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

 

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CORT ALFRED RAYMOND Private 4914228

CORT ALFRED RAYMOND Private 4914228
1st Bn Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
Killed in Action 19/09/1944 Age:24
Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Cort; husband of Isabel Margaret Cort, of Pontypool, Monmouthshire.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 20. A. 9.
Cemetery:ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

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DAVIES GEORGE Private 5126342

DAVIES GEORGE Private 5126342
2nd Bn Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
Killed in Action at St.Elisabeth Hospital 18/09/1944 Age:20
Service No: 5126342
Grave/Memorial Reference: 18. A. 8.
Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

 

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REYNOLDS ALFRED Corporal 4923611

REYNOLDS ALFRED Corporal 4923611
1st Bn Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
Died between 18/09/1944 and 19/09/1944 Age: 24
Son of Alfred and Martha Reynolds, of Wolverhampton.
Grave/Memorial Reference: 20. A. 13.
Cemetery: ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

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