Lance Corporal Gerard Reardon

23 Sep 1944

Lance Corporal Gerard Reardon was the son of Victor and Mary Reardon and husband of Jean Reardon, of Appleton, Cheshire. He served with 253 (Airborne) Composite Company, Royal Army Service Corps.

He took part in the Battle of Arnhem, during Op Market Garden.  On Saturday, 23 September 1944, L/Cpl G Reardon, was one of two despatchers with Dvr S Badham on Stirling LJ 883 (based at RAF Harwell). The Stirling was brought down in the area of Planken Wambuis, west of Arnhem. One despatcher (Dvr Badham) and one RAF crew member survived.

On this particular day, 8 Stirlings and 3 Dakotas manned by 253 Coy either crashed or force-landed.

Lance Corporal Reardon died between 23-24 September 1944, aged 31 years old. He is now buried at Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Arnhem.


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