GILES, REGINALD HERBERT. Sergeant, 1397162.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 6223 Bomb Disposal Flight, Royal Air Force. Died Tuesday 30 October 1945.
Buried Tilburg (Gilzerbaan) General Cemetery, Netherlands.
Grave Ref: Plot B. Row 1. Grave 30.
Reginald was amongst the three members of his unit who died as the result of an explosion, during the final clearance of munitions which was being carried out at the former Luftwaffe base at Welscap near Eindhoven, Netherlands on Monday 29 October 1945. The ordnance which was being cleared was a variety of different things that had included a number of 250 Kilogram high explosive bombs, butterfly bombs, hand grenades, Panzerfaust Anti-Tank launchers, and a variety of different calibre ammunition. Sergeant Kenneth Thomas Wylie who drove the first lorry was killed by the explosion. Reginald who had driven the second lorry was badly injured as the team had stood around an earlier crater, which was being put to use for the detonation of the recovered German ordnance. Those who were injured, including Reginald were initially taken to St. Joseph's Hospital at Eindhoven, they were later transferred to the British Field Hospital at Tilburg. Reginald died of his extensive injuries at Tilburg the following day, and fellow Sergeant Denis Henry Comer, lost his fight for life on 4 November 1945. The three Sergeants who died are at rest in adjacent graves at Tilburg (Gilzerbaan) General Cemetery, in graves 30, 31, and 32. Although Reginald's birth certificate has not been sighted by the transcriber of these brief commemorations, a possible match was found for him as follows. The birth of a Reginald H. Giles was registered in the Tonbridge, Kent, Registration District during the first quarter of 1923. If the birth is that of the above Brenchley commemorated casualty, it would mean that Reginald would have been 22 years old at the time of his tragic demise.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve