Private Arthur Eardley

25 Sep 1944

Arthur Eardley was the son of Charles and Laura Eardley, of Hartshill, Staffordshire. He enlisted in the General Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Eardley successfully completed his parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 113. The course lasted from 24 April to 7 May 1944. His course report stated “Diligent and intelligent, parachuting above average”. He was posted to A Company, 5 Platoon, 156 Battalion The Parachute Regiment and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Pte Eardley was killed in action on 25 September 1944, aged 19, and was given an isolated field burial in a wood west of Dreyenseweg, Oosterbeek, alongside L/Cpl Frank Wesbury. He was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 29 November 1945.

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By Rod Gibson, Profile photo supplied by Harvey Grenville

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