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Peter Roderick MacGregor Barron      

Servicenumber : 223000
Rank : Captain
Regiment : Royal Artillery
Unit : 2 Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery
Date of Death : 26-09-1944
Age : 22
Grave :
Peter Roderick MacGregor Barron was a son of John and Helen Barron. He served with Headquarters Troop. According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Barron was last seen during the withdrawal on the north bank of the river Rhine on 26 september 1944. Although wounded, he ordered his men to get some cover against the heavy enemy fire at that time. The captain went forward to find out in what order the units were to be embarked, and subsequently disappeared without a trace.
The author of the book 'The Gunners at Arnhem' (Peter Wilkinson) wrote about Peter Barron. On page 89 Barron is name as one of the officers of the anti-tank batteries which made it back to Oosterbeek from the battles in Arnhem. The surviving guns and crews were now used as anti-tank defence of the Hartenstein area. On page 139 Barron is mentioned again: "A member of the 2nd Anti-Tank Battery paid tribute to his Battery Captain, Captain Barron, who made constant visits to each of the guns to keep them informed of the situation and doing much to keep up their morale. During the final days, this officer led a fighting patrol of twenty soldiers from his battery into enemy territory but disappeared without a trace. His body was never found."
Barron was awarded a Mentioned in Despatches.
Barron has no known grave. His name is on panel 1 of the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates by name more than 1000 soldiers who died during te campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe, and whose graves are not known.  
Sources: Website CWGC and Roll of Honour


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