Lieutenant Eric J Markwick

23 Dec 1917 - 22 Sep 1944

Eric John Markwich was the son of James and May Markwick, of Wallasey, Cheshire and the husband of Dorothy Markwick. He originally enlisted as number 2929995 into the Cameron Highlanders and was later granted a Commission in The King’s Regiment and then volunteered for airborne forces.

Lieutenant Markwick successfully completed his Glider Pilot training and was posted to A Squadron, 2nd Wing, Glider Pilot Regiment, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Lt Markwick was in the Hartenstein area, when it was heavily mortared. Mortally wounded, he was taken to the Regimental Aid Post (RAP) in the Tafelberg Hotel where he died, aged 26. He was given a field burial in a mass grave in the grounds of the hotel and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 20 August 1945.

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