Private John R Haggart

17 Sep 1944

John Reginald Haggart, son of William and Elizabeth Haggart; husband of Barbara Joan Haggart, of Totnes, Devon, enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Haggart successfully completed his parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 12 on 20 April to 1 May 1942 and was posted to 1st Section 16 Parachute Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. He took part in the campaigns in North Africa (Operation Torch), Sicily (Operation Husky), Italy (Operation Slapstick) and Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Pte Haggart was killed in action, aged 26, on 17 September 1944 and was given a field burial in a group of graves 100 yards west of Hartstein Hotel, Oosterbeek, and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 10 September 1945.

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