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Ronald Roberts FROUD

Ronald [14853] was the son of  Roberts FROUD and Alice Nellie Rosetta nee WEBB born June quarter 1924 in the Wantage registration district probably Harwell. His name is on the War Memorial in Harwell, Berkshire in front of the Alms houses in the centre of the village. A nice photograph can be seen at

The following information has been found on the Commonwealth War graves Commission and Harwell War Memorial web sites.

Ronald Robert Froud, Private 14332887 of 5th Bn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, died on 26th October 1944 age 20. He is buried in Grave 5.C.5. in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands.

This cemetery is near Arnhem, so Ronald Froud was possibly involved in that battle, either as part of the Airborne Division or a member the Infantry trying to fight through to link up with them.

Christian names in St Matthew's Registers differ slightly from CWGC records by the addition of an 's' on Robert: He was Baptised as Ronald Roberts, son of Roberts Froud and Alice Nellie Rosetta (née Webb)

The Netherlands fell to the Germans in May 1940 and was not re-entered by Allied forces until September 1944. Nijmegen was a front line town from 17 September 1944 until February 1945. The cemetery, which was created by No. 3 Casualty Clearing station, is in a wooded area known as Jonkers Bosch, from which it took its name.

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