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Tuesday, September 15, 1998 Published at 11:47 GMT 12:47 UK


Personal file: George Froud

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Name: George Froud
Rank: Corporal, 1st Border Regiment
Service No:3596579
Date of Birth: March 28, 1917
Killed in Action:September 21, 1944

The soldier

George Froud joined the army in August 1931 at the tender age of 14. From 1940-43 he served in Palestine and North Africa. On 17 September 1943 he set out with his battalion for Arnhem.

He was part of the 1st Airborne Division which landed at Arnhem to take and hold what became known as "a bridge too far".

Corporal Froud was posted missing on 21 September 1944. He was known to have been wounded and so was presumed to have died the same day.

His family

When George signed up as a boy soldier in 1931 he had already lost touch with, or perhaps been abandoned by, his parents.

His only family was his sister Winifred, known as Winnie. In 1940, at the age of 22, he married Vera Francis Jey and the couple had one son called Terrance, who was born just over a year later on 11 May 1941.

George, Vera and Terrance lived in Goring-by-the Sea, a small town near Worthing in Sussex.

Two years after George was killed at Arnhem five-year-old Terrance was adopted by his aunt Winifred. His surname was changed to her married name of Marsh.

George's wife Vera tragically refused to believe her husband was dead when he went missing. She joined the Naffi (army supplies unit) and travelled to Europe to try and find him.

It is thought she remarried in 1952 and was last known to be living in Headington, Oxford.

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