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Alan Coulthurst Baker

Servicenumber : 14277635
Rank : Lance Corporal
Regiment : Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C.
Unit : 1st Airlanding Squadron
Date of Death : 18-09-1944
Age : 20
Grave : Plot 1. Row B. Grave 1. 
Alan Coulthurst Baker was a son of Charles Coulthurst Baker and Clara Baker of Prestwich, Lancashire.
Baker served with C-Troop. He was killed in the Planken Wambuis area, about a mile from the Planken Wambuis Inn, on 19 september. According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Baker was given a field burial on Ginkel Heath beside Amsterdamseweg.
According to to the book Operation Market Garden, Then and Now (Karel Margry 2002), a patrol of 7 jeeps 'containing 30 men of C Troop was badly shot up on the Ede-Arnhem main road. The troop had been scouting out from Wolfheze towards the Ginkel Heath when it found itself virtually cut off with enemy troops on all sides. Their only option was to make a desperate dash out of encirclement down the main road, racing at 60 mph through the German positions with all guns firing. In the event only two jeeps and eight men managed to escape in this way; the other five jeeps were stopped, five of the men killed and the rest taken prisoner'.
Picture: 23-09-2012
"Sapere aude"
A pure and glorious life.
His duty nobly done.
A knight was he
Picture: 12-09-2017
Sources: Website CWGC,  website www.paradata.org.uk, 'Arnhem 1944', 'Remember Arnhem', 'Operation Market Garden, Then and Now' and Roll of Honour


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