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William Frederick Crew

Servicenumber : 1553167
Rank : Private
Regiment : The Parachute Regiment
Unit : 2nd Battalion
Date of Death : 18-09-1944
Age : 24
Grave :
William Frederick Crew was a son of Susan Elizabeth Crew, of Brockley, London. He served with the Mortar Platoon, Support Company, 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Crew is known to have been killed in the Arnhem Rhine Bridge area.
The author of the book 'Air War Market Garden, volume 1 The Build Up to the Beginning' (Martin W. Bowman), wrote about William Frederick Crew. He quotes Leonard Hoare on page 162: "Nothing doing our end. Monday morning Sergeant Jackman told me to go and relieve my mate Private Bill Crew on the mortars to give him a rest. He was sitting on the edge of the mortar pit, feet up, drinking a bottle of wine. I said to the Sergeant, 'he looks as if he wants a rest; he looks happy enough!'  Anyway I relieved him not knowing that was the last time I would see him. A few hours later he was dead doing my job." (The same quote can be found on the website www.pegasusarchive.org
Crew has no known grave. His name is on panel 9 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, website www.pegasusarchive.org, 'Air War Market Garden volume 1 and Roll of Honour 

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