FALLA, JOHN

Age
24
Parents
Son of John Edgar and Alice Falla of East Markham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Service number
2613320
Date of death
1940-05-18
Force
Rank
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
The Grenadier Guards
Plot 6 | Row AB | Grave 8

"DESTINY"

Military grave
Additional info

3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards.

Died in Belgium.

The Grenadier Guards war diary reports on May 18, 1940:

Ninove, Belgium
 
0100 hours The Battalion passed the S.P. and found the road full of two columns of troops, one on each side of the road, and a double line of vehicles down the middle.

A certain amount of shelling and S.A. fire on the canal line encouraged all speed to be made, and the Battalion led off down a side road.
Owing to the dark night and the existence of a number of roads not marked on the map, the diversion was not an unqualified success, and the main column was rejoined after two miles only.

Gradually after a long series of delays, movement started and Ninove was reached without further incident at 0900 hours.

The Battalion sector on the left of 1st Guards Brigade covered the two bridges and 400 yards North of the old bridge.
On our left was the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards and the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards on the left of that, so all three Battalions of the Regiment found themselves in the line together, although in different Corps.

The Bridgehead was being held by the 7th Queen’s Regiment and they were to hold the line until 2100 hours.
Therefore the Battalion rested in a convent school by the old bridge until 1400 hours at which time the Companies dug in.
 
No. 2 Company Right covering the new bridge 

No. 1 Company Right Centre

No. 3 Company the old bridge

No. 4 Company Left.

Battalion H.Q. was in the Nunnery Hospital at the main road junction in Ninove.
(WD source: DBF, WW2talk)

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