Robert William Bidewell     

Servicenumber : 5950925
Rank : Lance Serjeant
Regiment : Dorsetshire Regiment
Unit : 4th Battalion
Date of Death : 25-09-1944
Age : 25
Grave : Plot 14. Row C. Grave 4.
Robert William Bidewell was a son of Harry and Eva Bidewell of Watford, Hertfordshire. He was married to J.W. Bidewell of Watford.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Bidewell served a Platoon Sergeant with 2nd Platoon, A Company. In the early morning of 25 september 1944 he and others crossed the river Rhine. They were moving through a wood when they saw two Germans, who apparantely wanted to surrender. Suddenly the Germans separated and a machinegun opened up on the men. Bidewell and private Stevenson were killed. 
Bidewell was given a field burial near Westerbouwing.  
Picture: 23-09-2012