William Thomas Maurice Bryning  

Servicenumber : 7345878
Rank : Corporal
Regiment : Royal Army Medical Corps
Unit : Attached to 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age :
Grave : Plot 30. Row A. Grave 8.
Bryning was working in the St. Elizabeth Hospital at Arnhem. He is assumed to have been shot by the Germans whilst a POW, together with Signalman Ronald C. Wiles, possibly in the period of 3-5 October 1944.
Niall Cherry, author of the book Red Berets and Red Crosses, wrote about Bryning (pages 90-91): "In the evening of 17 september the Regimental Aid Post of the 3rd Battalion set themselves up in a large abandoned house in the outskirts of Oosterbeek.....Later on that evening a message was received asking for reinforcements at the bridge, so while the rest of the 3rd Battalion's RAP stayed in the house, Captain Rutherford ordered a few members - including George Bryning* and Privates Bill Gilbert and Jock Madigan - to try and reach the road bridge to help out......By a lot of good fortune the group from 3rd Battalions RAP managed to sneak through to the bridge area around dawn. As Bill Gilbert recalled it was chaos when they got there, quite a few wounded in different houses and all in all a desperate situation. Bill remembers using most of his supply of sixty morphia ampoules in the first hour or so and stretchers being almost non-existent. Fortunately George Bryning managed to get to St Elizabeth's Hospital were he borrowed a trolley which was used to ferry wounded from the bridge area to the hospital. One one trip Bill found that the Germans had arrived and wasn't allowed to leave and was sent to work in the wards."
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Bryning was given a field burial alongside Beekhuizenseweg in Velp, approximately 400 metres north of the Zutphensestraatweg/Beekhuizenseweg junction, close to the present sport ground. 
* In the book it says George Bryning instead of William Thomas Maurice. According to Niall it probably is the same man and maybe he was called George by the men of 3rd Battalion. The nominal roll of the RAMC on 17 september 1944 only mentions one person named Bryning: William Thomas Maurice. 
Picture: 23-09-2012
Sources: Website CWGC, Red Berets and Red Crosses and Roll of Honour

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