Driver Cyril W Lightwood

23 Sep 1944

Cyril William Lightwood was the son of Thomas and Mary Lightwood, of Malpas, Newport, Monmouthshire. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps, and volunteered for airborne forces.

Driver Lightwood successfully completed Air Despatcher training and was posted to 253 (Airborne) Divisional Composite Company, Royal Army Service Corps, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Dvr Lightwood was killed in action on 23 September 1944, aged 21, when RAF 570 Squadron Stirling LJ-991, base Harwell, was hit by Flak and crashed 500 metres south of Achterstraat in Heteren.

There were only three survivors and the five casualties were buried in Heteren General Cemetery. (Roll of Honour, 5th Revised Edition, 2011).

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