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ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR

ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

PERSONAL STORIES Thomas and Claude Gronert Sometimes known as the ‘Airborne Cemetery’, many servicemen can be found here, including the 21 year-old Gronert twins from Cornwall. Thomas and Claude Gronert died together on the first day of Operation ‘Market Garden’, and they are buried side-by-side in Plot 18. Row A. Graves 17-18. Upon their headstones is the inscription: ‘Winds of heaven blow softly here where lie sleeping those we loved so dear’ Lance Serjeant John Baskeyfield © Airborne Assault Museum, Duxford Lance Serjeant John Baskeyfield of the South Staffordshire Regiment. John died at Arnhem on 20 September while singlehandedly fighting advancing German Tiger tanks after his entire gun crew had been killed. For his actions he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. He is commemorated on Panel 5 of the Groesbeek Memorial.

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