Francis John Thomson Neale
||The Glider Pilot Regiment
|Date of Death
- Francis John Thomson Neale was a son of Allan
Skeffington Neale and Eileen Monica Neale. He was married to Sheena Mary
Martin Neale, of Horley, Surrey.
- According to the Roll of Honour published by
the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Neale his
body was recovered by Germans from the river Rhine at Amerongen on 21
october 1944 and was subsequently buried in the local General Cemetery.
- Neale served with Headquarters of B Squadron.
He was the second in command under Major Ian Toler. The authors of the
book 'Glider Pilots at Arnhem' (Mike Peters and Luuk Buist) wrote about
Captain Neale on page 188: "After their march back from the bridge,
Ian Toler and 'B' Squadron were now established in a position around a
house, at the south-east edge of the Oosterbeek perimeter. The Squadron
Headquarters was located inside one of the houses. Ian Toler: "Captain
Angus Low is with me. Captain John Neale, my second in command, who was
in charge of my Squadron's second lift, appears, and reports all well
with the second lift and no casualties. Says he is off to join Major
Linton (OC 2 Airlanding Light Battery RA) with the Light Regiment, to
whom he is attached, and to 'keep away from Wing Headquarters.'
- That is the last time I ever see him."
- On page 284 they again quote Major Ian Toler:
"We had been issued with an inflatable rubber ring which was for
use if we had to ditch when flying our gliders. Discussing this with my
second in command John Neale when we were issued them some weeks before,
I remembering him saying 'I'm going to keep mine with me during the
operation; it is not much weight and would be a fine thing to help one
across a river in full equipment.' Remembering this I had kept mine
under my smock and just before reaching the river I had blown it up. It
now saved my life because I was easily able to keep afloat and swim
where I liked."
With all our love
|Sources: Website CWGC,
'Glider Pilots at Arnhem' and Roll of Honour