Sergeant Dennis Andrews was the son of John Thomas Andrews and Esther Andrews, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. He served with 1st Wing, Glider Pilot Regiment and took part in the Battle of Arnhem, during Op Market Garden.
After digging in around the Landing Zone following a successful landing later that morning, 20 Flight moved off in support of the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, who had been instructed to advance into Arnhem to support the Battalions of the 1st Parachute Brigade.
After meeting heavy enemy opposition, the Glider Pilots of 20 Flight where instructed at 03.30 on the 19 September to return to Divisional HQ, by now set up at the Hartestein Hotel at Oosterbeek. Here they spent the next day digging in around the tree line surrounding the grounds of the hotel.
On the morning of 20 September, the area occupied by these Glider Pilots came under severe mortar fire, resulting in the death of Sgt Dennis Andrews and Sgt Denis Raggett.
Sergeant Andrews died on 20 September 1944, aged 22 years old. Both Sgts Andrews and Raggett were given field burials later that day in the grounds of the Hartestein Hotel, before being later re-interred in the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.
Compiled with assistance from Phil JennettRead More