Desmond Stewart Ford      

Servicenumber : 3910446
Rank : Private
Regiment : The Parachute Regiment
Unit : 156 Battalion
Date of Death : Between 19-09-1944 and 20-09-1944
Age : 26
Grave :
Desmond "Dessy/Taffy"Stewart Ford was a son of Mrs C. Ford of Cwmcarn, Monmouthshire.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Ford is known to have been killed by a strafing ME 109 in the Dreyenseweg area on 19 september 1944.
The author of 'From Delhi to Arnhem' (John O'Reilly) wrote about Ford on page 165: "Private Ted Reynolds, a Bren gunner in No. 8 Platoon, B Company and Private Dessie Ford acting as his No. 2, were closing with the Blocking Line when Ford went down with three bullets in the throat, the first of four men to fall within a few seconds."
On page 168 O'Reilly wrote: "O'Reilly grabbed the Bren and let fly a burst at the low flying Messerschmitt. This had no visible effect and the salvo of rockets and cannon fire from the German plane caused further casualties to the Battalion close to the Dreyenseweg. Private 'Taffy' Ford was hit and Private Ken Fleet, lying next to him, miraculously escaped injury."
Ford 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, 'From Delhi to Arnhem' and Roll of Honour

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