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Douglas Harry Andrews

Servicenumber : 5502096
Rank : Corporal
Regiment : Hampshire Regiment
Unit : 7th Battalion
Date of Death : 03-10-1944
Age : 25
Grave : Plot 9. Row B. Grave 13. 
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 detached house.
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.
Picture: 23-09-2012
Silent thoughts
Of times together
Hold memories
That last forever
 
 
 Position of the field grave of Douglas Harry Andrews. The location of the brick factory is encircled.
 
Sources: Website CWGC and information provided by G. Francis.

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