Private George McKinnes Jamieson was the son of William Jamieson and of Rebecca Paterson Jamieson (nee McKinnes), of Edinburgh.
He was educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh, where he was Captain (Headboy) from 1936 to 1937.
Jamieson was enlisted into The Royal Army Medical Corps and volunteered for airborne forces during World War II, qualifying as a military parachutist on course 75 which ran at RAF Ringway from 26 July to 6 August 1943. The course instructors’ notes record ‘very good performance’.
After qualifying Pte Jamieson was posted to 225 Parachute Field Ambulance,with whom he served in Normandy and the later campaigns to liberate North West Europe from German occupation, including the final mass allied parachute and glider assault of World War II, Operation Varsity, on 24 March 1945. For Op Varsity he was attached to 7th Parachute Bn and served in B Coy’s medical section.
During the subsequent advance the battalion reached Petershagen, in between Osnabrück and Hanover, by 7 April. They continued to proceed east by motor transport and encountered enemy forces defending Wunstorf airfield at around 14:30 hours, although earlier reconnaissance reports had indicated that it had been abandoned, resulting in the ambush of the leading elements of B Coy.
In the ensuing battle, in which the 13th Battalion was also engaged, the 7th Battalion lost 6 killed, and 21 wounded, most from the initial ambush of the four leading trucks of B Coy, including Pte Jamieson. The airfield was captured with 19 ME 109s, 4 FW 109s, 2 JU 88s, 2 JU 52s and much other valuable equipment.
This was a heavy day of losses for the battalion as it suffered further casualties from a road mine detonation and an explosion at Neustadt bridge.
The battalion war diary records the day's casualties as 27 killed, 33 wounded and 6 missing presumed killed; mostly from B Coy. In addition some of those injured later died of their wounds.
Pte Jamieson died on 7 April 1945 and, after a field burial, was later interred at Becklingen War Cemetery overlooking Luneberg Heath, Germany.
Profile photograph courtesy of Geoff Wood.
Compiled by Harvey Grenville and Bob HiltonRead More