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Frederick Brawn  

Servicenumber : 14265164
Rank : Trooper
Regiment : Reconnaissance Corps
Unit : 1st Airlanding Squadron
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age : 21
Grave : Plot 1. Row B. Grave 2.
Frederick Brawn was a son of George Albert and Lily Brawn of Chasetown, Staffordshire.
Brawn served with C Troop. On 18 september 1944 Brawn was being filmed and photographed by AFPU (Army Film and Photographic Unit) men Mike Lewis and Dennis Smith, on Duitsekampweg at Wolfheze.
Brawn was killed in the Planken Wambuis area, about a mile east from the Planken Wambuis Inn, on 19 september. 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'.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) he was given a field burial in the Temporary Military Cemetery near Ginkel Heath beside Verlengde Arnhemseweg.
Picture: 23-09-2012
To our dear son.
His memory to us
Is a treasure,
His loss a lifelong regret
 
Picture: 18-10-2015
 
Picture: 12-09-2017
 
Frederick Brawn in the background with a Brengun. (Photo Smith) Frederick Brawn (Still from a film made by Mike Lewis)
 
Sources: Website CWGC, volumes 1 and 2 of Operation Market Garden then and now, website pathfindergroupuk, P. Brindley and Roll of Honour.

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