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Bernard William Bartholomew    

Servicenumber : 4746018
Rank : Serjeant
Regiment : Parachute Regiment
Unit : 11th Battalion
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age : 28
Grave : Plot 5. Row A. Grave 20. 
Bernard William Bartholomew was a son of Bernard and Dori Elizebeth Bartholomew. He was married to Edna Bartholomew of Brinsworth, Rotherham, Yorkshire.
Bartholomew served as acting Company Sergeant Major for HQ Company. 
Gerrit Pijpers and David Truesdale wrote about Bartholomew in their book 'Arnhem Their final battle'(2012). They wrote Regimental Quartermaster SergeantDavid Benjamin Morris saw Bartholomew carry out a reconnaissance in the Lombok area in Arnhem on 19 september: "Here we got off the main road and moved into the trees surrounding Den Brink. We made our way towards the domed building. It was here when we came under machine gun fire with a few mortar shells thrown in. It was in this locality that we made contact with our Battalion. Nobody could tell me where to find Colonel Lea. B Company was under heavy attack just north of the prison. I detailed Sergeants Bartholomew and Hughes to carry out a reconnaissance in the area between B Company and our position. They never returned"(page 88).
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey, Geert Maassen and Philip Reinders 2011) Bartholomew was buried by the Germans in the Dreyenseweg area, north of Oosterbeek Hoog railway station.
Bartholomew is mentioned on the Greasbrough War Memorial on Church Street, Rotherham.
Picture: 23-09-2012
 
 
Greasbrough War Memorial
 
Sources: Website CWGC, 'Arnhem, Their Final Battle' and Roll of Honour

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