11th Parachute Battalion

11th Parachute Battalion

The 11th Parachute Battalion was raised from volunteers in the Middle East at Kabrit in Egypt, where it became part of the 4th Parachute Brigade.

It completed its training in Palestine during 1942. In September 1943 A Company dropped on the Island of Cos and seized the airfield as a prelude to the later occupation of Rhodes.

On 18 September 1944,  the battalion jumped under fire with the second lift at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. The 11th Battalion was fought to a stand-still suffering heavy casualties just over 1,000 metres short of relieving Frost’s 2nd Battalion at the Arnhem bridge, before falling back to the 1st Airborne Division perimeter at Oosterbeek. The survivors were evacuated across the Lower Rhine during the night of 25/26 September.

The under-strength battalion was amalgamated with the 3rd Parachute Battalion in November 1944.

Commanding Officers:

1943-4        Lt Col RMC Thomas
1944            Lt Col G Lea, DSO

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  • 2 Platoon, A-Coy, 11 Para Bn,  Outside the Council House Where they were Billeted in March 1944

    2 Platoon, A-Coy, 11 Para Bn, Outside the Council House Where they were Billeted in March 1944

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  • Lt Col Richard Lonsdale DSO & Bar MC, in later life at Oosterbeek.

    Lt Col Richard Lonsdale DSO & Bar MC, in later life at Oosterbeek.

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  • Major Lonsdale accepts a light from Lt Polley after Arnhem, Njimegen 26 September 1944.

    Major Lonsdale accepts a light from Lt Polley after Arnhem, Njimegen 26 September 1944.

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  • Recognition of Cpl G Beedham's mention in despatches

    Recognition of Cpl G Beedham's mention in despatches

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  • Letter regarding Battle Honours of 11th Battalion, 24 April 1956.

    Letter regarding Battle Honours of 11th Battalion, 24 April 1956.

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  • Letter regarding Battle Honours for operations in the Greek Islands, 3 July 1956.

    Letter regarding Battle Honours for operations in the Greek Islands, 3 July 1956.

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  • Letter regarding 11th Battalion Battle Honours on Cos, 11 July 1956.

    Letter regarding 11th Battalion Battle Honours on Cos, 11 July 1956.

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  • Newspaper article about 'Dickie' Lonsdale on 40th anniversary of Arnhem, 1984.

    Newspaper article about 'Dickie' Lonsdale on 40th anniversary of Arnhem, 1984.

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