Private Robert A Tappin

21 Sep 1944

Robert Alfred Tappin was the son of Edward James and Edith Tappin, of Islington, London. He enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Tappin successfully completed his parachute training and was posted to 156 Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. He took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Pte Tappin was killed in action on 21 September 1944, aged 24, and was given a field burial in a mass grave near Van Tienhovenlaan, west of Sportlaan, Oosterbeek, and was reinterred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 13 August 1945.

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By Rod Gibson

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