Oliver Selby was the son of Alexander and Mary Selby, of Walberton, Sussex. He enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment and volunteered for airborne forces. His elder brother Major Neil Selby served in the 1st Royal Dragoons and the S.O.E. and was killed in action on 1 October 1943, aged 28.
Private Selby successfully completed his parachute training at RAF Kabrit, Egypt, and was posted to Anti-tank Platoon, Support Company, 10th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, and took part in operations in North Africa, Italy, and Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).
Pte Selby was killed in action on 25 September 1944, aged 25, and was given a field burial in a group of graves in a field in the Klein Amerikaweg area, Oosterbeek. He was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 31 October 1945.
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