1st British Airborne Division
Arnhem, September 1944
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K
Kane,
Lawrence Patrick
"Larry"
L.P. Kane
12.04.1920
Canada
-
Lt.
20.11.1943?



served Calgary Highlanders
04.04.1944


No. A-34 Training Centre (Reinforcements) CIC (from No. A-16 Training Centre (Reinforcements) CIC)
04.05.1944


Canloan scheme: CDN/482 (embarked 04.05.1944, disembarked 10.05.1944)
12.05.1944
-
(09.)1944
Officer Commanding, 1 Platoon (A Company), 7th Battalion The King's Own Scottish Borderers (Arnhem [POW])
09.1944
-
04.1945
POW in German captivity (Oflag 79, # 00569)
24.04.1945
-
24.05.1945
No. 1 Canadian Reception Depot
25.05.1945
-
01.06.1945
No. 1 Canadian Repatriation Depot
02.06.1945
-
09.08.1945
No. 13 District Depot (struck off strength at own request)
Kaufmann,
Martin L
M.L. Kaufmann

 
07.09.1919
Cavell, Sask.
-
2004 still alive
2nd Lt.
07.1943
Lt.
1944?
A/Capt.
08.09.1945
Canadian Decoration CD
?
?
Education: PhD
1941


conscripted



Duty Officer, Prince of Wales Rangers
01.03.1944


No. A-34 Training Centre (Reinforcements) CIC (from No. A-15 Training Centre (Reinforcements) CIC)



Canloan scheme: CDN/167
(09.1944)


Officer Commanding, 11 Platoon (C Company), 7th Battalion The King's Own Scottish Borderers (Arnhem [wounded, POW])
09.1944
-
04.1945
POW in German captivity (at Oflag IX A/H at Spangenberg)
16.05.1945
-
13.07.1945
No. 12 District Depot
13.07.1945
-

Staff, No. 12 District Depot
Kavanagh,
Desmond Thomas

D.T. Kavanagh (Collection P. Reinders)
D.T. Kavanagh
Son of Peter James Kavanagh and Mary Josephine Kavanagh, of Aintree, Liverpool.

1919 ?
-
19.09.1944
(KIA) [age 25]
[Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, 6.B.1]
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
30.08.1941 [204081]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
T/Capt.
12.01.1943
30.08.1941


commissioned, Royal Army Service Corps [emergency commission]
(09.1944)


Officer Commanding, 2 Para Platoon & 2 Para Jeep Section, 250th Light Composite Company RASC (1st Airborne Division) (Arnhem [killed in action])
Kaye,
Stanley Laurie
S.L. Kaye
S.L. Kaye
Son of ... Kaye, and ... Tomlins.

(06?).1919
Hampstead district, Greater London
-
05.2008
Brighton, Sussex
Lt.
19.09.1942 [246299]
WS/Capt.
19.09.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: Charing Cross Medical School (MB; 1938-1942; Thomas Green Prize and Final Year Gold Medal); MD, FRCP
19.09.1942


commissioned, Royal Army Medical Corps [emergency commission]
(1943?)
-
(09.1944)
Section Officer, 16th Parachute Field Ambulance RAMC (N Africa, Italy, Arnhem) [at Arnhem attached 1st Parachute Battalion & acting Medical Officer, 7th Battalion The King's Own Scottish Borderers (POW)]
09.1944
-
04.1945
POW in German captivity
House Officer National Hospital for Nervous Diseases 1946-47. Principal in General Practice and also Physician, Royal Sussex County Hospital 1947-1984. School MO Brighton College, MO to Brighton hospices, Tarner Home and Coppercliffs from 1948-1986. Chief Medical Officer (Underwriting) Legal & General Assurance Company 1974-1984. Senior Physician Examining to numerous assurance companies. Retired 1989.
Kayne,
Dennis Benjamin
D.B. Kayne (Photo courtesy of Mr H.J. Broer)
Of Jewish descent.
Son of M.I.  Kayne, and ... Cohen, of 18 St George's Rd., Golders Green NW11, grandson of Rabbi J. Kyansky Minister of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hebrew Congregation.
Husband of Monica.
19.06.1921
Islington district, Greater London
-
07.1996
Brent, Middlesex
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
17.10.1942 [249279]
WS/Lt.
17.04.1943 (retd 15.01.1946; disability)
Hon. Lt.
15.01.1946
17.10.1942


commissioned, The Royal Ulster Rifles [emergency commission]



Intelligence Officer
20.11.1943


transferred, Parachute Regiment - Army Air Corps
(09.1944)


Officer Commanding, 8 Platoon (B Company), 156th Parachute Battalion (Arnhem [POW 20.09.1944])
Keesey,
John Howard
J.H. Keesey

Only child of Capt. George Ernest Howard Keesey (1886-1916), 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade & teacher, and Violet Marian Swinglehurst, of Kendal.
Married (1942) Susette Harvey, younger daughter of Thomas Arnold Harvey (the Rt.Rev. the Lord Bishop of Cashel) and Isabel Kathleen Burrows, of Bishopsgrove, Waterford, Eire. She re-married (1946) Gp.Capt. John Gerald Russell, RAF.
Residence: (1944) Glasshouse, Waterford, Irish Republic.

(03?).1916
Kendal district, Lancashire / Westmorland
-
02.10.1944
(DOW) [age 28]
[Becklingen War Cemetery, 8.C.1]
Lt.
04.09.1941 [199991]
WS/Capt.
04.09.1942
Education: MB (Cantab.)
04.09.1941


commissioned, Royal Army Medical Corps [emergency commission]
(09.1944)


Section Officer, 16th Parachute Field Ambulance RAMC [attached 3rd Parachute Battalion] (Arnhem; died of wounds after being shot by a German sentry when trying to escape from an ambulance train at Apeldoorn)
Kennedy,
Colin Osborne
C.O. Kennedy (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian O'Grady, via Pegasus Archive) C.O. Kennedy (Photo courtesy of Mr Brian O'Grady, via Pegasus Archive)
Son of ... Kennedy, and ... Rutherford.
Married ((09?).1944, Melton Mowbray district, Leicestershire) Margaret M. Mason.
10.08.1921
Alnwick district, Northumberland
-
02.12.1984
Liverpool, Lancashire
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 14.06.1941 [190765]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942
T/Capt. 13.07.1944
Lt. TA 08.11.1948, seniority 10.08.1944
Capt. TA 22.05.1951
A/Maj. TA 01.03.1952-01.06.1955
14.06.1941     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
(09.1944)     No. 1 Forward Observation Unit RA (Airborne) [attached 1st Parachute Brigade HQ] (Arnhem [glider did not arrive; crashed over the North Sea]
08.11.1948 - 08.10.1957 served Territorial Army
08.10.1957 - ? served Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
Kennett,
Alan Bishop

A.B. Kennett
Married ((03?).1946, Staines district, Middlesex) Josephin M. Wright.
11.09.1920
Barnet district, Greater London
-
1990 still alive
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
06.09.1941 [204041]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
Lt.
28.12.1946, seniority 11.03.1943
A/Capt.
21.01.1944-20.04.1944
T/Capt.
21.04.1944-31.08.1946
WS/Capt.
01.09.1946
Capt.
11.09.1947
A/Maj.
01.06.1946-31.08.1946
T/Maj.
01.09.1946-21.05.1948, 13.03.1954-10.09.1954
Maj.
11.09.1954 (retd 29.08.1961)



served in the ranks for 360 days
06.09.1941


commissioned, Royal Corps of Signals [emergency commission to 27.12.1946]
(09.1944)


Brigade Signals Officer, 4th Parachute Brigade [K Section (No. 2 Company), 1st Airborne Divisional Signals] (Arnhem)
28.12.1946
-
29.08.1961
permanent commission
Kershaw,
James Heywood
J.H. Kershaw
Son of ... Kershaw, and ... Heywood.
19.04.1913
Salford district, Lancashire
-
(03?).1979
Southam district, Warwickshire
Cadet Cpl.
?
2nd Lt.
22.05.1937 [71848]
WS/Lt.
22.05.1940
T/Capt.
14.06.1943
Capt.
29.10.1945



late Cadet Corporal, Cheltenham College Contingent, Junior division, Officer Training Corps
22.05.1937


commissioned, 2nd City of London Regiment - Territorial Army
?


transferred, The Royal Fusiliers - Territorial Army (9th Battalion)
30.11.1938


transferred, Unattached List, Infantry
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
10.02.1940


transferred, The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own)
09.11.1942


transferred, Glider Pilot Regiment - Army Air Corps
(09.1944)


Section Commander, D Squadron (No. 1 Wing), Glider Pilot Regiment (Arnhem)
?
-
25.05.1963
Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
Kiaer,
Leslie Herbert Sonne
L.H.S. Kiaer
Son of Aage Juel Kiaer (1880?-1931), merchant banker, and Karen Margrethe Sophia Sonne (1888-1972), of London & Copenhagen.
Of Danish descent.
His brother Lt. Eric Arnold Kiaer, Royal Fusiliers, also died on active service.
Brother-in-law of Maj. Leonard Maxwell Harper Gow, RA.

09.01.1920
Hampstead, Greater London
-
19.09.1944
(KIA) [age 25]
[Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery 19.C.12]
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 16.08.1941 [201427]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942
16.08.1941     commissioned, The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment [emergency commission]
27.01.1943     transferred, Parachute Regiment - Army Air Corps
(09.1943) - (09.1944) Officer Commanding, 3 Platoon (A Company), 10th Parachute Battalion (Italy; Arnhem [killed in action])
Killick,
[Sir] John Edward
J.E. Killick

 

Son of late Edward William James Killick, schoolmaster, and Doris Marjorie Stokes.
Married 1st (1949)
Lynette du Preez (née Leach) (died 1984); no children.
Married 2nd (1985) Irene M.H. Easton, OBE (died 1995).

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18.11.1919
Isleworth, Middlesex
-
12.02.2004
Southborough, Kent
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
29.06.1940 [137467]
WS/Lt.
29.12.1942
T/Capt.
... & 30.06.1945-(04.1946)
Capt. TA
01.05.1947 (retd 10.01.1948)
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George GCMG
16.06.1979
HM's birthday 79
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George KCMG
12.06.1971
HM's birthday 71
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CMG
01.01.1966
New Year 66
Education: Latymer Upper School; University College, London; Bonn University
1939
-
1946
served with HM Forces: Suffolk Regiment, W Africa Force and Airborne Forces:
29.06.1940


commissioned, Intelligence Corps [emergency commission]
(09.1944)


Officer Commanding, 89th Parachute Field Security Section (Arnhem)
01.05.1947
-
10.01.1948
Intelligence Corps - Territorial Army
Foreign Office, 1946-1948. Control Commission and High Commission for Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt and Bonn), 1948-1951. Private Secretary to Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign Office, 1951-1954. British Embassy, Addis Ababa, 1954-1957. Canadian National Defence College, 1957-1958. Western Department, Foreign Office, 1958-1962. Imperial Defence College, 1963. Counsellor and Head of Chancery, British Embassy, Washington, 1963-1968. Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 1968-1971. Ambassador to USSR,1971-1973. Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Permanent Representative on Council of Western European Union, 1973-1975. Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to NATO, 1975-1979.
Director, Dunlop South Africa, 1980-1985. President, 1985-1992, Vice-President, 1992-1993, GB Atlantic Committee; Vice-President, Atlantic Treaty Association, 1992-1994. Fellow 1973, Bonn University.
Kilmartin,
Michael Gabriel
M.G. Kilmartin

Son of Ambrose and Eve Kilmartin, of Jarvis Brook, Sussex.

1920 ?
Ireland
-
19.09.1944
(KIA) [age 24]
[Groesbeek Memorial, panel 8]

Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
15.11.1941 [217467]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
15.11.1941


commissioned, The Royal Ulster Rifles [emergency commission]
13.11.1943


transferred, Parachute Regiment - Army Air Corps
(09.1944)


Officer Commanding, 2 Platoon (R Company), 1st Parachute Battalion (Arnhem [killed in action])
King,
[Sir] Frank Douglas
F.D. King
F.D. King (Photo courtesy of Mr Chris van Roekel)
F.D. King
F.D. King F.D. King
F.D. King
F.D. King (Photo courtesy of Mr Chris van Roekel)
Son of Arthur King, farmer, and Kate Eliza Sheard, of Brightwell, Berkshire.
Married (1947) Joy Emily Ellen Taylor­Lane; one son, two daughters.

09.03.1919
Brightwell, Berkshire
-

30.03.1998
Aylesbury Vale district, Buckinghamshire
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
04.07.1940 [138204]
WS/Lt.
10.01.1941
Lt.
22.02.1947, seniority 07.11.1941
A/Capt.
10.10.1940-09.01.1941
T/Capt.
10.01.1941-15.12.1943, 15.05.1944-23.06.1945, 09.07.1945-21.02.1947
Capt.
22.02.1947, seniority 01.07.1946
T/Maj.
12.02.1951-06.05.1953
Maj.
07.05.1953, seniority 09.03.1953
T/Lt.Col.
16.10.1958-31.03.1960
Lt.Col.
01.04.1960
Col.
10.12.1962
T/Brig.
17.12.1962-16.12.1965
Brig.
17.12.1965
Maj.Gen.
01.01.1967, seniority 31.05.1966
Lt.Gen.
01.11.1971, seniority 02.02.1971
Gen.
16.03.1976, seniority 01.09.1975 (retd 27.12.1978)
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath GCB
01.01.1976
New Year 76
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath KCB
01.01.1972
New Year 72
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
01.01.1971
New Year 71
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
01.06.1953
HM's coronation
Education: Wallingford Grammar School; Royal Military College of Science (ptsc), 1946; Staff College, Camberley (psc), 1950
1939


joined Army
04.07.1940


commissioned, The Royal Welch Fusiliers [emergency commission to 21.02.1947]
14.06.1941


transferred, The Royal Fusiliers
15.07.1941


transferred, Reconnaissance Corps - Royal Armoured Corps
19.10.1943


transferred, Parachute Regiment - Army Air Corps
(09.1944)


Officer Commanding, Support Company, 11th Parachute Battalion (Arnhem)
22.02.1947


commissioned, The Wiltshire Regiment
12.02.1951
-
17.04.1953
Technical Staff Officer, 2nd grade (TSO2) Infantry (B), War Office
18.05.1955
-
31.03.1957
General Staff Officer, 2nd grade (GSO2), HQ Indian Parachute Brigade Group
31.05.1958


transferred, Parachute Regiment - Army Air Corps
16.08.1958
-
24.02.1960
Assistant Military Secretary (MS Tech), War Office
1960
-
1962
Commanding Officer, 2nd Parachute Battalion (Middle East)
17.12.1962
-
20.01.1965
Commander, 11th Infantry Brigade Group (Germany)
1965
-
1966
Military Adviser (Overseas Equipment)
01.01.1967
-
05.08.1968
Director, Land/Air Warfare, Ministry of Defence
05.08.1968
-
15.05.1969
Director, Military Assistance Overseas, Ministry of Defence
10.07.1969
-
01.10.1971
Commandant, Royal Military College of Science
01.11.1971
-
31.03.1972
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Strategic Command
01.04.1972
-
15.01.1973
Deputy Commander-in-Chief, UK Land Forces
01.02.1973
-
01.08.1975
General Officer Commanding & Director of Operations, Northern Ireland
20.01.1976
-
30.09.1978
Commander, Northern Army Group, and Commander-in-Chief, British Army of the Rhine
ADC General to the Queen, 1977-27.12.1978. Colonel Commandant, Army Air Corps, 1974-01.01.1980. Military Adviser, Short Bros Ltd, 1979-1985. Chairman: Assets Protection Internat. Ltd, 1981-1986; John Taylor Trust, 1978-1988; Director: Control Risks Ltd, 1979-1986; Plaza Fish, 1978-1991; Director 1978-1988: John Taylor Ltd; John Taylor (Worksop); Leicester Frozen Foods. Trustee, Airborne Forces Security Trust, 1981-; Member Council, Air League, 1982-1990; Dir, Airborne Forces Charitable Trust, 1988-; Pres., Arnhem Veterans Club, 1988-. Kermit Roosevelt Lecturer, 1977. Director, 1978-1992: Kilton Properties; Springthorpe Property Co.
Kipping,
Albert Edward
A.E. Kipping

 
Son of Arthur Victor and Ada Jean Kipping, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

18.06.1923
Toronto, Ontario
-
18.09.1944

Ginkel Heath, Arnhem, The Netherlands
(KIA) [age 21]
[Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery 16.B.1]
Prov. 2nd Lt.
11.12.1943 [B.44706]
Lt.
22.01.1944
? - 11.12.1943 Cadet, No. O1 Officer Training Centre (Provisional Reinforcements)
11.12.1943     commissioned, Canadian Infantry Corps
17.12.1943 - 07.03.1944 transferred, A-10 Canadian Infantry Training Centre, Camp Borden, Ont.
07.03.1944 - 05.04.1944 transferred, No. A-34 Training Centre (Reinforcements) CIC
      Canloan scheme: CDN/169
24.04.1944 - 18.09.1944 Officer Commanding, 15 Platoon (D Company), 7th Battalion The King's Own Scottish Borderers (UK, emplaned for Arnhem 17.09.1944[killed in action])

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