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John C. Bune  

Servicenumber : 97114
Rank : Major
Regiment : The Parachute Regiment
Unit : 1st Battalion
Date of Death : 17-09-1944
Age : 30
Grave : Plot 27. Row B. Grave 6.
John C. Bune was a son of Frank Cuthbert and Gladys Bune. He was married to Hilda Dorothy Bune of North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia.
Major Bune was the second in command of the 1st Battalion. According to the War Diary of the 1st Battalion R Company of the 1st Battalion was heavily engaged at the road junction Wolfhezerweg/Amsterdamseweg. The remainder of the Battalion by-passed the opposition via a track to the south of a main junction. They then lost contact with R Company who were still fighting. At 1930 hrs Major Bune was sent back for R Company. He returned around 2200 hrs with the second in command of R Company who told they had 50% casualties and could not get these casualties away. A Medical Officer was sent back with the second in command of R Company to bring back the remainder of the company back to battalion.
The author of the book A Tour of the Arnhem Battlefields, John Waddy, writes about Major Bune on page 57: "R Company, which had lost half its strenght in that initial action, and in subsequent skirmishes, was not to catch up with the battalion until later in the day, on the outskirts of Arnhem. Major Bune went back to bring along the jeep convoy with the wounded, but somewhere during that night he was ambushed and killed. The wounded eventually got to the Oosterbeek area and into the Division's medical dressing stations, then being set up near the Hartenstein Hotel.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Bune was discovered to be missing at 0300 hrs on 18 september. He was given a field burial alongside Dreyenseweg at Oosterbeek. 
Picture: 23-09-2012
Sources: Website CWGC, Roll of Honour, website http://www.pegasusarchive.org, A Tour of the Arnhem Battlefields and website www.paradata.org.uk 

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