BARTON, REES

Age
23
Parents
Son of Thomas Henry and Claudia Maud Barton of Barry Dock, Glamorgan, United Kingdom
Service number
2077796
Date of death
1944-10-20
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
Royal Engineers
Cemetery reference
Plot 6 | Row B | Grave 11
Grave Adopted
Unknown

"MINE BE THE PATH THY FEET HAVE TROD, DUTY AND LOVE TO MAN AND GOD"

Military grave
Additional info

British Royal Engineers were refuelling their ‘Congas’ (a modified Bren gun carrier with the engine removed and a storage tank to hold Liquid Nitro Glycerine in its place) - these were used in a system for clearing mines. The LNG would be pumped into a pipe or a hose and detonated to explode any mines either side of it.

At approximately 1300 hrs there was a massive explosion, which was devastating. The entire farm (Fam. Dedobbelaere) and Military equipement was destroyed by the blast. The farm located about 3 miles South of IJzendijke, Netherlands. A high casualty list of 41 British and Canadians killed in action and 51 wounded. Several reported 'missing in action'.  

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