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Christopher George Davies

Servicenumber : 7360073
Rank : Private
Regiment : Royal Army Medical Corps
Unit : 16 Parachute Field Ambulance
Date of Death : 19-09-1944
Age : 25
Grave : Plot 6. Row B. Grave 4.
Christopher George Davies was a son of James and Gladys May Davies, of Neath, Glamorgan. He served with No 1 section, 16 Parachute Field Ambulance, but was attached to 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Davies is assumed to have died on 18 september 1944. He was given a field burial near the railway station at the junction of Parallelweg and Stationsweg, Oosterbeek.
It is possible Davies was part of a group of men of the 1st Battalion who were trying to transport a group of wounded to Oosterbeek. This group was led by Major Bune, the second in command of 1st Battalion. The author of the book A Tour of the Arnhem Battlefields, John Waddy, writes about Major Bune on page 57: "R Company, which had lost half its strenght in that initial action, and in subsequent skirmishes, was not to catch up with the battalion until later in the day, on the outskirts of Arnhem. Major Bune went back to bring along the jeep convoy with the wounded, but somewhere during that night he was ambushed and killed. The wounded eventually got to the Oosterbeek area and into the Division's medical dressing stations, then being set up near the Hartenstein Hotel."
Major Bune was given a field burial alongside Dreyensweg, which is not far from the station, where Davies was given a field burial.
The author of the book Red Berets and Red Crosses, Niall Cherry, wrote about the medics of 1st Battalion on page 104: "They proceeded again along the Wolfhezerweg in a northeasterly direction and before dusk when crossing a large open space the Battalion came under fire from armoured cars of 9th SS Panzer-Division. The Battalion retired to a wood at the botton of the hill leaving behind a number of casualties. The medics attached to the Battalion spent the next few hours cautiously looking for, collecting and treating casualties. Due to the communication difficulties, there was no clear information where to send the wounded so they had to remain where they were. However a message did later get through to the 1st Battalion to head for the road bridge and to ignore their original task of securing some high ground to the north of Arnhem on the road to Apeldoorn. The wounded regrettably were left to be picked up by the Germans (or so Geoff Stanners thought, but it is possible that they were collected by a party led by Major J.C. Bune, second-in-command of the 1st Battalion, and made it to the Divisional area).
Picture: 18-10-2015
How short his life,
How hard was his task
 
Picture: 10-09-2016
 
Sources: Website CWGC, 'A Tour of the Arnhem Battlefield', 'Red Berets and Red Crosses' and Roll of Honour

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