- Raymond Halliday was a son of Henry and Nancy
Halliday. He was born in Durham in january 1918 (which would make him 26
instead of 28. The date of birth was mentioned as january 1918 in a
appeal of the Ministry of Defence).
- Halliday was married to Lily Halliday (nee
Hunter), of Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham. They had a son called Raymond,
who was born in 1942 and two daughters called Patricia and Valerie. There
may have been a forth child.
- Before joining the army Halliday worked at
ICI, a large chemical works based in the borough of Stockton-on-Tee.
Today it is known as the Billingham Manufacturing Plant and is operated
by GrowHow UK.
- Halliday served with A Company. According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends
of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Halliday is known to have been killed
by a shell in a trench in defensive company positions near Oranjeweg,
Oosterbeek. He was buried in the Oostbeek War
Cemetery as an unknown soldier. His name is on panel 4 of the Groesbeek
Memorial, which commemorates by name more than 1000 soldiers who died
during the 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.
- In the 1970's Halliday's son Raymond, manager
of Billingham Town FC, worked in The Netherlands. He began a quest to
find the resting place of his dad, who died when he was just 2 years
old, but couldn't find it.
- Eventually after more than 70 years his body
was identified by the Recovery and Indentification Service of the Royal
Netherlands Army and on 14 september 2016 Halliday, together with 5 other
previously unidentified men of the Border Regiment received a
rededication service (pictures
of the service) and a named headstone was placed on his grave. The
service was attended by some of Halliday's grandchildren and