Private John Fitzgerald
At Arnhem : D Company, 17 Platoon
Prisoner of War, Escaped Operation Pegasus 1
Casualty List No. 1602. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 1576, 25/09/1944, as reported Missing now reported Not Missing.
Born: 25-04-1919, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Passed Away: 00-04-1996, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Letter to webmaster: I was a private soldier in the 10th Parachute Regt, 4th Brigade. I dropped on Monday the 18th september on Ginkel Heath, I fell in tress when my comrades and about 10 of us triesd to organize our selves we were constanly harrased by snipers and other German troops. After 4 days in the woods we were led to a sheep barn in Ede where about 50 or 60 of my friends were taking refugee and the people of Ede fed us with whatever they could spare us. After about 5 weeks, Major Thatham Warter led us on bycicles and in civie clothes 7 or 8 miles to the Rhine. Canadians and one or two Yanks came across the river in motorized boats and thence to Nijmegen and home. Then Gaumont asked us the survivors if we would like to come back to Holland and make the film "Theirs is the Glory", which were pleased to do so. I have been back to Arnhem twice since those days, and i shall never forget the strenght and the fortitude of the dutch people during those terrible days".