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Raymond Halliday

Servicenumber : 3602840
Rank : Lance Corporal
Regiment : Border Regiment
Unit : 1st (Airborne) Regiment
Date of Death : 24-09-1944
Age : 28
Grave : Plot 22. Row B. Grave 5.
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 great-grandchildren.  
Picture: 14-09-2016
 
Picture: 19-09-2016
 
Sources: Website CWGC, website www.gov.uk, website www.thenorthernecho.co.uk and Roll of Honour

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