- Richard Leonard Adderley was a son of Richard Adderley and
Elizabeth Adderley of Ardwick, Manchester.
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.
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".