- Reginald George Badger was a son of George and Lizzie Badger of
- Badger was a member of the Seaforth Highlanders and later of the Headquarters Company of the 156th
Battalion. He landed on the Ginkel Heath on 18 september 1944.
- According to the books 'From Delhi to Arnhem' about the 156th
Battalion (page 205) and 'Men at Arnhem' (page 128) Reginald Badger fought outside Hackets Hollow,
across the lane on the Oosterbeek side. Major Geoffrey Powell described
what happened: "Badger, the orderly-room Sergeant, who had been
fighting all day as a section commander, had been holding the fence with
a few odds and ends from Battalion Headquarters and elsewhere. A
machine-gun, firing from the far side of the green field, had killed him
and a couple of his men and the survivors had been withdrawn across the
road to the lesser danger of the hollow. Poor Badger! He should have
been in England, making out his returns, but he had pulled the many
strings he controlled to secure a seat for himself in the Colonel's
- After Badger died he was buried in a mass grave in a wood on the Sonnenberg
estate, south of a small cemetery. He was buried together with Harold L.
Kirkham, Alfred Guthrie, Francis Dolaghan, Bernard Haikin, William
Dowsett, George Drake, John McGlone, Allan Thomson, George
Minto Blundell and Michael Page
- The fighting at the hollow happened on 19/20 september and so either
Powell must be wrong about Badger being killed at the hollow or the date
of death of Badger is incorrect. Since Badger was buried at the
Sonnenberg (according to the Roll of Honour), which is near the hollow,
I think the date of Badger's death is incorrect.