- Edward James Gorringe was a son of William
John and Mary Elizabeth Gorringe, of Cattistock, Dorsetshire.
- Gorringe served with No 8 Section, C Troop.
On 17 september 1944 he landed near Wolfheze. In the plans for
Market Garden the Reconnaissance Squadron was given the task to get to
the bridge at Arnhem as fast as they could. C Troop, consisting of 8
jeeps with 5 men in each jeep, would be leading the Squadron. They
left from Renkum Heath around 15.45 hrs. Lieutenant Peter
Lacey Bucknall proceeded in one jeep with the first three men
available from his section. Sergeant McGregor followed in a second
jeep with five more men. When C Troop left the heath Sections 9 and 7
were leading, with No. 8 behind them. HQ Troop brought up the rear.
- After departing the heath they made good
progress and stopped to rendezvous on the approaches to Wolfheze.
There No. 8 section would take over from No 9 and move into the lead.
No 7 was behind them. After crossing the railway at Wolfheze the jeeps
advanced down a sand track called Johannahoeveweg, which ran eastwards
from the station, next to the railway. About a third of a mile from
the Wolfheze crossing the road dips down and up again. As Bucknall's
jeep proceeded down into the dip and up the other side it was ambushed
by a defensive blocking line of men from the SS-Panzergrenadier
Ausbildungs und Ersatz Bataillon 16, commanded by SS Sturmbahnfuhrer
Sepp Krafft. At this spot it were men of the battalion reserve platoon
under command of SS Hauptscharfuhrer Wiegand. All four men in the
first jeep were killed. Among them was Edward James Gorringe. The
other three were Lieutenant Bucknall and Troopers Leslie Percy Goulding
and Ronald Brumwell.
- On 18 september 1944 the remainder of C
Troop was given the task to help guard the landingzone at Reijerscamp.
One of the secondary tasks was to attempt to recover the dead of the
previous day. They found Peter Bucknall's group in the wood on the
other side of the dip. The author of the book Remember Arnhem, John
Fairley, wrote about this on page 69 and 70. He quotes Sergeant David
Christie, who was serving with C Troop: "They were laid in
single file, about one yard between each ma. None of them was wearing
any equipment, nor had they any weapons. All had about ten bullet
holes in the back or on the neck. We later found their equipment on
the jeep. From this, it was obvious that the Germans had taken them
prisoner and then shot every one in cold blood. Lieutenant Bucknall
had his face burned right off. I could recognize him by the blue
polo-necked sweater he had been wearing and by his identity discs."
- Most probably the men were not taken
prisoner and then shot. It is more likely they were shot from behind
because they were moving at speed and probably their jeep overshoot
the German positions. The Germans apparently used a flame thrower on
the jeep. Krafft's battle report does mention that they were included
as part of his armament.
- On page 48 of Remember Arnhem Trooper Bill
Chandler of No 9 Section is quoted: "I remember that we were
down the slope, looking across the dip to the German side, when
'Midge' Miles spotted a burning jeep amongst the trees. We worked our
way through the cover, and came out further down the slope; it was
then that I could see Gorringe in it - he was dead."
- According to the Roll of Honour published by
the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Gorringe
was listed as missing until 1987, but was then positively identified as
being one of the unknown soldiers buried in the Arnhem Oosterbeek War
Cemetery in 1945.