Lance Corporal Leonard Plant

18 Sep 1944

Leonard Plant, son of Leonard and Margaret Plant; husband of Vera Margaret Plant, of Camden Town, London, enlisted into the Royal Army Service Corps, and volunteered for airborne forces.

Lance Corporal Plant successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 30 from 5 to 13 October 1942, and was posted to Airfield platoon, attached to 1 platoon, 250 (Airborne) Light Composite Company, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

L/Cpl Plant was killed in action on 18 September 1944, aged 22, when the civilian bus he was in, which was being used to transport ammunition from the DZ (Dropping Zone) to the supply dump, was ambushed by German troops in the vicinity of Heelsum. The Dutch driver was also killed. L/Cpl Plant was buried by local Air Raid Wardens in the Renkum Communal Roman Catholic Cemetry. He was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 22 August 1945.

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