- Leslie Percy Goulding was a son of Joseph
George and Alice Elizabeth Goulding, of Carshalton, Surrey.
- Goulding served with No 8 Section, C Troop.
He arrived from the 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion, The King's Royal
Rifle Corps on 18 july 1942.
- On 17 september 1944 Goulding 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 Leslie Percy Goulding. The
other three were Lieutenant Bucknall and Troopers Edward James Gorringe
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.
- According to the Roll of Honour published by
the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Goulding
was given a field burial in the garden of Duitsekampweg 9, Wolfheze.