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George Norman Austin

Servicenumber : 155378
Rank : Lieutenant
Regiment : Royal Artillery
Unit : Attached to 2nd (Airborne) Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment
Date of Death : 24-09-1944
Age : 24
Grave : Plot 20. Row C. Grave 18
George Norman Austin was a son of Robert Blacow Austin and May Austin of St. Anne's, Lytham St. Anne's, Lancashire. He was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant on 2 november 1940 and to W/S Lieutenant on 2 may 1942. Austin was commended for Act of Gallantry on 27 august 1942.
Austin served with HQ Company. He was attached to 1st Airlanding Brigade HQ where he was the Liaison Officer to the South Staffords.
According to the book 'By Land, Sea and Air' (Alexander Junier, Bart Smulders and Jaap Korsloot) Austin was killed when the Germans put in a heavy attack with tanks and infantry on the western side of the perimeter, threatening 1st Airlanding Brigade HQ. The attack was beaten off as a small party consisting of Brigade HQ men under Lieutenant Austin managed to push them back. Probably Austin died somewhere near Kneppelhoutweg or Hoofdlaan in Oosterbeek.  
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Austin was given a field burial in the Hartenstein sports ground.
Picture: 23-09-2012
Sources: Website CWGC, By Land, Sea and Air and Roll of Honour


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