The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market-Garden

In 1946 the four Americans from the glider ‘Queen-City’, together with another American that was buried on the St Petrus banden cemetery, where relocated to another cemetery in the Netherlands.

Four of them where buried at the American cemetery in Margraten in the province of Limburg.

F/O Noel McCann was relocated to the USA and buried in Kentucky.

 

 

Occupants of the Queen-City:

 

Mc Cann, Noel Clarence.  

Pilot f/o, Nr.T122016 age, ?

Norwood, Ohio, USA/ Kentuky, Amerika

Hiltunen, Ray J.

1e.Lt, Nr.01103214 age, ?

Tower, Hennepin County  Minnesota, USA/ Margraten, NL  K-6-16   Decoration, Purple Heart

Le may,  Robert J.

Tec./5, Nr.36239073 age, 32

Kimberly, Wisconsin, USA/ Margraten, NL L-9-11   Decoration, Purple Heart

Carson, Raymond L.

Driver/Pvt., Nr.36176352 age, ?  

Michigan, USA/ Margraten, NL M-19-1   Decoration, Purple Heart

 

 

Victims

Memorial plaque Maria Chapel

The fifth American that was buried on the St Petrus banden cemetery had been aboard a C-47 that crash landed in Oisterwijk on 23 September 1944.

This American was Staff Sergeant Jerauld I. Cutts of the 96 Squadron, 440 Troop Carrier Group, U.S. Army Air Force.

 

The names of the occupants of the Queen-City, together with other allied casualties fallen at Oisterwijk, were engraved in a plaque that was placed in the wall of a little chapel called ‘Maria Chapel’, a chapel dedicated to the Holy Marie.

This chapel is situated on the border of the two villages Oisterwijk and Moergestel.

 

Also Germans who died in Oisterwijk where buried on the St Petrus banden cemetery.

After the war there were 56 German graves in the cemetery.

Also these soldiers where relocated after the war and buried on the German cemetery in Ijsselstein Limburg.

Even some Russian Prisoners of War where buried on the St Petrus banden cemetery, but how many of them, and what happened to their graves, is not known.

Also Dokter de Sain en Pastor van Kemenade are buried in this cemetery.

 

 

Hiltunen, Ray J.
Le may,  Robert J.
Carson, Raymond L.
Maria Chapel
The memorial plaque in the Maria Chapel
              (click to enlarge)
St. Petrus church
Grave of Pastor van Kemenade

There are still 14 graves of Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Oisterwijk surroundings before ore during the liberation of Oisterwijk on the cemetery at the St. Petrus church.

There were more soldiers buried in this cemetery but they where relocated after the liberation of Holland, some in request of their families others by their governments.

Today the empty spots between the individual graves mark their former resting places.

There is also a soldiers grave at the protestant cemetery at Oisterwijk.

 

A few of the soldiers buried in Oisterwijk were wounded in action during the fierce battles near the Belgium border.

Wounded they stayed behind during the battle or they were captured when their positions where overrun by their enemies.

The Germans took these wounded soldier back to their own lines were they finnaly ended up in the German field dressing station in Oisterwijk.

Unfortunately they were not adequately cared for and some were left to die in the hallways of the station.

The war graves of the St. Petrus banden cemetery
A single row of 13 war graves and one located a few yard further which contains the  remains of a Major. Why Major Robertson-Mc Isaac is buried on another location is not known. The empty spots between the graves mark the former resting places of other Allied casualties.
The grave of Major Robertson-Mc Isaac

 The names of the allied soldiers buried in Oisterwijk:

 

 

Protestant cemetery in Oisterwijk:

 

Kirk, Robert, Edward, R E.

Corporal, 4613918, Gordon Highlanders, 28/01/1945, 23 jaar   

 

 

 

St. Petus banden catholic cemetery:

 

Clark, Gordon, G.

Private, 14430056, Lincolnshire Regiment, 08/10/1944, age 19

 

Gibbs, George, G.

Private, 4926585, Seaforth Highlanders, 26/10/1944, age 35  

 

Grimshaw, Barry, B.

Private, 14723544, Seaforth Highlanders, 26/10/1944, age 18

 

Gunn, William, Alexander, W A.

Lieutenant, 293194, Seaforth Highlanders, 26/10/1944, age 27

 

Hamilton, Archibald, Claude, A C.

Major, 44103, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment), 26/10/1944, age 36  

 

Moony, Francis, Joseph, F J.

Private, 1800311, Seaforth Highlanders, 26/10/1944, age 23

 

Morrison, Normann, N.

Trooper, 14239780, Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. 02/10/1944, age 20   

 

Naylor, Larrot, L.

Fusilier, 5962090, Royal Welch Fusiliers, 26/09/1944, age 21

 

Norris, Harry, Leonard, H L.

Lance Bombardier, 1145698, Royal Artillery, 26/10/1944, age 31  

 

Owen, Thomas, Ellis, T E.

Fusilier, 4202652, Royal Welch Fusiliers, 26/09/1944, age 28

 

Page, Thomas, Alwyn, T A.

Gunner, 11003786, Royal Artillery, 26/10/1944, age 26

 

Robertson-Mc Isaac, Robert, William, Grahame, R W G.

Major, 40715, Seaforth Highlanders, 26/10/1944, age 37

 

Scobie, James, Barclay, J B.

Corporal, 3322524, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment), 26/09/1944, age 25

 

Simmons, Lancelot, Thomas, Francis, L T F.

Private, 14430925, Lincolnshire Regiment, 08/10/1944, age 19

Slachtoffers
The grave of docter de Sain and his wife