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Harry Vasey

Servicenumber : 3602906
Rank : Private
Regiment : Border Regiment
Unit : 1st (Airborne) Battalion
Date of Death : 23-09-1944
Age : 28
Grave : Plot 2. Row C. Grave 18.
Harry Vasey was a son of Harry Vasey and Annie Vasey (nee Young), of New Bowburn, Co. Durham. He was born in may 1916. Vasey enlisted in the Border Regiment in april 1940. He served with C Company. 
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 2011) Vasey was the batman of the commanding officer of No 15 Platoon, Lieutenant Boville. He is known to have been killed in company positions at Van Lennepweg, Oosterbeek.  
Vasey 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.
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 Vasey, 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. 
Picture: 14-09-2016
Worthy of 
Everlasting remembrance
Sources: Website CWGC, 'When Dragons Flew', website www.gov.uk and Roll of Honour


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