Staff Sergeant Raymond K Picton

25 Sep 1944

Raymond Kenneth Picton was the son of Percival and Mabel Picton, of Swindon. Wiltshire. He enlisted into the Royal Artillery, and volunteered for airborne forces.

Staff Sergeant Picton successfully completed his Glider Pilot training and was posted to B Squadron, 3rd Flight, 1st Wing, The Glider Pilot Regiment, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

S/Sgt Picton was killed in action on 25 September 1944, aged 23, during an enemy tank attack and was given a field burial in a garden near the junction of Benedendorpsweg and Kneppelhoutweg, Oosterbeek, and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 22 August 1945.

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