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Laurence Cervi

Servicenumber : 3608007
Rank : Lance Corporal
Regiment : Border Regiment
Unit : 1st (Airborne) Battalion
Date of Death : 18-09-1944
Age : 20
Grave :
Laurence Cervi was born in Manchester. He was a son of Gladys Cervi. He was married to Margeret Cervi of Southrey, Lincolnshire. 
Cervi was reporter wounded and missing on 18 september. According to the Roll of Honor, published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (J. Hey, P. Reinders and G. Maassen. 2011) Cervi is known to have been killed in the area of the Van Lennepweg in Oosterbeek on or shortly after 21 september. According to a post on a WWII reenacting forum Cervi was in the Guard Section of C company, commanded by Corporal James Swan. Cervi was his second in command. This section of six men engaged a German platoon which was attacking the positions of No. 15 Platoon of C company at the Van Lennepweg. The German attack was halted and the section of Swan even counterattacked with bayonet and grenades. Cervi was leading a group of men from No. 16 Platoon to make up for casualties. The NCO of these men had been wounded. James Swan heard, around an hour later that Cervi had been killed somewhere between the Utrechtseweg and the turn in the Van Lennepweg. 
Forummember AB64 also mentions Cervi could sleep with his eyes open, which he apparently often did in the barracks.  
Cervi has no known grave. His name is on panel 4 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 Honor