Lieutenant Geoffrey Victor Van Klaveren

13 Jun 1944

Geoffrey Victor Van Klaveren was the son of Wilhelm Gottfried and Gladys Joan Van Klaveren (Bickmore), of Much Hadam, Hertfordshire; husband of Margery L Van Klaveren (Hart). He was commissioned in The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and volunteered for airborne forces.

Lieutenant Van Klaveren successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 19, from 20 to 27 July 1942 and also completed glider training and was posted to Pioneer Platoon, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).

Lt Van Klaveren was killed in action on 13 June 1944, aged 29, and was given a field burial at Le Mesnil, and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 26 June 1945.

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