Ernest Finchett came from Rossett near Wrexham.
Private Ernest Finchett went missing on 23-09-1944. He was killed in his slit trench near the church at Benedendorpsweg, Oosterbeek. By an exploding shell or mortar bomb.
Case forwarded in May 2007.
Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery page
Battle of Arnhem September 1944, Roll of Honour.
By Land, Sea and Air: An Illustrated History of the 2nd Battalion the South Staffordshire Regiment 1939-1945, B. Smulders, A. Junier, J. Kortsloot.
Mr A. B. Finchett.
Mr I. Williams.
The family received a letter on 13 October 1944 from the Adjudant 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment:
Dear Mrs Finchett
It greeves me deeply to have to inform you of the death of your son Pte Finchett, 4200996 who was killed instantly when a shell landed close to his trench during the Battle of Arnhem 23 September 1944. He was buried by our own padre who also remained behind and as a result we are unable to give you more information.
My father Ivor Williams 51214938 served with A comp South Staffs at Arnhem.He told me of the time during the battle behind the old church he was with Ernest Finchett 4200996 also S/Staffs, Ernie died right beside dad after maybe a mortar round exploded, dad was unhurt. Dad always knew Ernie's body was never found.
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