- Douglas Harry Andrews was a son of Alfred and Bessie Andrews of
Moordown, Bournemouth, Hampshire. On the morning of the 1st October
1944 units of the German 363 Volksgrenadier Division crossed the Rhine
in a small fleet of boats, from a position in front of the Doorwerth
Castle. Despite a barrage of rifle and artillery fire they managed to
establish a bridgehead on the southern bank of the Rhine, in and around
the Korevaar brick factory, a series of buildings including a large
- The 7th Battalion Hampshire Regiment
launched 2 counter attacks on the 1st october and on the next morning.
By the 4th they had launched 6 major attacks, succeeding in capturing
some buildings an infiltrating the complex. But always they ended up
being driven back. In the night of 4th/5th October the American 101st Airborne Division
replaced the Hampshires.
- Corporal Andrews was killed during one of
the counter attacks. He was given a field burial at the Korevaar brick
factory near Driel. Andrews was missing in action and commemorated on
the Groesbeek Memorial up to 1983. Research then proved that he had a
field grave near the brick factory, close to the southern bank of the
Rhine. In 1945 his remains were taken to the Oosterbeek War Cemetery and
buried as Unknown soldier. The proposal for his identification was
accepted and a new headston with his name was erected over the grave.