- 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.