William Thomas Maurice Bryning
||Royal Army Medical Corps
||Attached to 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
|Date of Death
||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
|* 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.
|Sources: Website CWGC, Red
Berets and Red Crosses and Roll