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). Before going to Arnhem he saw service in Egypt.
Pte Tappin flew into Arnhem on 17 September 1944. He was part of HQ Company. The OC of this Company was Major MS Page, who was KIA 20 September. Pte Tappin was also was killed in action a day later, on 21 September 1944, aged 24. He 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. Grave Ref: 6. C. 9.
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