Arthur Clare Reeve
Corps of Military Police
III. A. 14.
Son of Arthur and Roda Redford
Sergeant Arthur Clare Reeve Redford, from Camberley, Surrey was a member of the 1st Armoured Division Provost Company with the British Expeditionary force during the hectic retreat to Dunkirk in June 1940. He was decorated with the Military Medal for gallantry. The citation was as follows.
“Arthur Clare Reeve Redford was on duty during the retreat from Dunkirk. The bridge he was guarding had been rigged with explosives ready to be destroyed, and the approaching road had been mined. Redford was told of a wounded soldier in the path of the advancing Germans. He rode his motorcycle across the bridge and down the road, returning with the wounded man draped across the bike, moments before the bridge was blown.”
Following his return to England, he was posted to North Africa with the 7th Armoured Division Provost Company and was captured at Tobruk in June 1942. Arthur spent most of his time as a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 4F in Germany. In April 1945, he was liberated by the Americans at a camp in Holland.
The Americans asked for volunteers to help clear a nearby village of Germans. Arthur could simply have been repatriated back to the UK, but instead chose to help the Americans. Sadly, on the 22nd April 1945, his luck ran out, whilst travelling on one of the lead American tanks he was shot and killed by a sniper on the outskirts of the Village, he was 27 years old.
Arthur is buried at Overloon War Cemetery in the Netherlands. The inscription on his gravestone reads; “If love could have saved him thou would’st not have died. Peggy, Mother, Pamela”.His medals, including his Military Medal, are held by the Royal Military Police Museum.
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