- Benjamin "Shorty" Bliss was attached to the headquarters of B Company. According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends
of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Bliss was shot in the
Kadestraat area near the road bridge at Arnhem. He went out into the
open street (Marktstraat), just west of the bridge, with a fellow
orderly (Desmond Davies) and a stretcher, in an attempt to help a
wounded German soldier who lay there. Bliss was shot and killed before
he could reach the man.
- The author of the book 'Red berets and red crosses' (Niall Cherry
1998) wrote about Bliss (page 100): 'The final RAMC post I have been
able to place was run by private Ben Bliss who had been attached to B
Company 2nd Battalion since its formation and who was in the words of
one of his compatriots 'a most dedicated chap and dearly loved'. He ran
a Company Aid Post in a house just to the west of the road bridge until
he was killed on 19 September. On this day there was a casualty lying on
the road outside the house, and an eyewitness whoe name I am withholding
relates what happened next.
- 'I had every reason to believe the casualty had been killed, but
on seeing this, private Bliss without hesitation leapt from the house to
render assistance. Ben showed utmost courage and devotion to
duty. On reaching the casualty he was shot by a German sniper who
clearly disregarded the fact that he wa wearing his Red Cross armband.
The officer who was with us in the house, gave the order to get the
sniper if it was the last thing we did. His order was carried out. As in
most battles true courage and heroism and valour are not rewarded, but
is was an honour and a privilege to have known him.'.
- David van Buggenum also writes about Bliss. On page 100 he quotes
private Alfred Warrender of B Company: "I think that Bliss was
only 17 or 18 years old, in any case he was quite young. We became quite
good friends though he didn't take pat in our drinking sessions back in
England because of his age"..."When I looked outside I saw a
wounded German lying in the middle of the road, about 14 yards from the
house. He was crying out, presumably for help. We could not hear what he
said and we didn't know how badly he had been hit. Bliss was downstairs
and on hearing the German's cry he went out of the house to go help him.
The men in the house called to him to leave the German alone but Bliss
replied: 'If I die, at least I have done my job'. Before Bliss
had time to treat the German he was hit by a sniper firing from a house
on the corner of the bridge. I heard the shot and saw Bliss fall down
beside the wounded German. At once all those in our house opened up on
the sniper. Later on that day, the house where the sniper had been was
- Bliss was given a field burial at the Arnhem General Cemetery