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Roll Call Lieutenant Rudolph J Falck – 26 September 1944

Rudolph Julian Falck B.A. (Oxon), born in Cologne, Germany,  the son of George and Elisabeth Falck and husband of Pauline Mary Falck, of Epsom, Surrey,. He enlisted into the Auxiliory Military Pioneer Corps on 8 October 1940, discharged in the rank of Corporal on 5 July 1942, having been appointed to a Commission into the Pioneer Corps as Second Lieutenant on 6 July 1942.

He volunteered for airborne forces and was posted to the Airborne Forces Depot and School on 19 January 1944 and successfully completed his parachute training at RAF Ringway on course 101 from 31 January to 13 February 1944, the course report states ‘Has been a good example, jumped very well.’ Lt Falck was then posted to 1st (Airborne) Division Provost Company, Corps of Military Police and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Lt Falck was killed in action on 26 September 1944, aged 24. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Groesbeek Memorial to the missing.

In a taped interview with L/Cpl Stan Reast carried out at his home on 6 September 1993 (Ref: 3.G.7. 14/1/7) Stan stated that he observed the bodies of Lt Falck and L/Cpl Newby after he had been taken prisoner and later asked that he may be allowed to bury them. This was granted and he and another MP took the bodies just over the road to a big orchard by the side of a house, thought to be somewhere between the Hartenstein Hotel and the river, and buried them there. He further states that he identified Lt Falck from his cheque book and L/Cpl Newby from his dog tags. A search for the remains of both men was initiated by John Hamblett (a veteran of the unit) in 1995 and although those of L/Cpl Newby were found and re-interred in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, those of Lt Falck could not be found.

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By Rod Gibson

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17/09/1944 – 25/09/1944 Arnhem (Operation Market Garden)
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