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Peter Guard

Servicenumber : 1876309
Rank : Sapper
Regiment : Royal Engineers
Unit : Headquarters 6th Airborne Division
Date of Death : 06-06-1944
Age : 20
Grave : Plot IVA. Row B. Grave 20.
Peter Guard was a son of Harold and Marie Guard, of Streatham, London.
On the night of 5-6 june 1944 Peter Guard flew to Normandy onboard Short Stirling EF-295. The aircraft was hit and crash landed near Grangues. Four men died as a result of the crash, but seven survived. They were disarmed and taken prisoner by German forces in the area. Although the circumstances are unclear, at some stage during the night Sapper Peter Guard, along with, Sapper Wheeler, Corporal Kelly, Lance-Corporal Fraser, Sapper Wolfe, Lance Corporal Branston and Driver Thomson, all of 591 Parachute Squadron, were shot. Glider pilot Duncan Wright was also killed.
On the website www.normandythenandnow.com the folllowing information about what happened with the eight men is given: "What happened next was told by French witness Rolland Bertier and confirmed by Captain Rankin who autopsied the bodies for the 1945 inquiry. Just after 2am on 6th June, the eight soldiers were led from the stables. They had all been thoroughly searched when captured and had no weapons. Outside they were made to lie on the ground face down. Stabswebel Veiseler took his Walther P38 pistol and shot each man just above the waist, one just below the head. They were dead in moment. Around the Chateau trenches had been dug for building work. The bodies were thrown in."
Guard was given a field burial at Chateau de Grangues. After a war crimes investigation his body was reinterred in Ranville War Cemetery.
Herman Veiseler was never found. There is no record of his death in German army records and his name does not appear in lists of Allied prisoners of war. He never returned to his home town in Germany.
 Picture: 03-05-2016
For ever England
 
Sources: Website CWGC, website www.normandythenandnow.com and website https://paradata.org.uk

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