Captain Kenneth Boss MC

09 Jun 1945

Kenneth Boss was the son of George Frederick and Bertha Boss, of Pitsea, Essex.

He was granted an emergency commission with the Royal Artillery on 1 January 1944 and volunteered for airborne forces later that year.

Lt Boss qualified as a military parachutist on course 138, which ran at RAF Ringway from 16 to 28 October 1944, and was posted to 2 (Airborne) Forward Observation Unit, Royal Artillery (2 FOU).

He took part in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, while serving as an Acting Captain.

A/Capt Boss was later awarded a Military Cross for his actions on 11 February 1945, while serving in the south eastern part of the Netherlands at Roermond. He was amongst a group ordered on a mission to cross the River Maas and penetrate 3,000 yards behind enemy lines. A/Capt Boss was commended for  ‘displaying remarkable qualities of leadership, courage and aggression for a junior officer’.

On 25 March 1945 A/Captain ‘Ken’ Boss was seriously wounded while taking part in Operation Varsity, the Rhine Crossing, and died several weeks later on 9 June, aged 24 years old. He is buried in St Margaret Churchyard, Billericay, Essex.

Profile photo supplied by his nephew Kevin Bridgman

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