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Richard Leonard Adderley    

Servicenumber : 3530704
Rank : Sapper
Regiment : Royal Engineers
Unit : 4th Parachute Squadron
Date of Death : 20-09-1944
Age : 19
Grave : Plot 20. Row C. Grave 11
Richard Leonard Adderley was a son of Richard Adderley and Elizabeth Adderley of Ardwick, Manchester. 
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999) veterans reported that Captain Beaumont-Thomas, Lieutenant Eden, Sapper Yates and two others of the 4th Parachute Squadron RE were killed and buried in the Ommershof area. The two unnamed soldiers may have been Adderley and Leo Ackland.
The author of the book A Sapper at Arnhem, Harry Faulkner-Brown, who fought at Arnhem with the 4th Parachute Squadron, wrote about Adderley on page 51: "Following the mortar 'stonk' very active groups of Germans attempted to cross the road on both the left and right of our position. We opened up with all we had. It provoked a vigorous firefight. The attack was also supported by two half-track armoured vehicles. There wa some penetrating enemy sniper fire. Sapper Adderley who was in a trench with Lance Corporal Cyril Brown, about six or seven feet to my rear, took a shot between the eyes and died instantly. I had put him on a charge a week ago for overstaying a weekend leave. This was the first of my men to be killed in front of me. He was just a young lad and ad not long been with the Squadron. Although we were being seriously shot up, two of my sappers rushed forward and with much care, gently lifted him out of his trench, his limbs still twitching. This was quite a shock, but since we were in the middle of a battle, I had not time to think or grieve and just got on with directing my small force"
Picture: 23-09-2012
 
Sources: Website CWGC, A Sapper at Arnhem and Roll of Honour

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