Royal Artillery, 63 (The Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars) Anti-Tank Regt.
II. D. 9.
Reginald Quainton (Reg) was born in 1917 in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. His parents were Cyril and Ellen Quainton and they had a number of children. Their address in 1939 was 1 Crown Crescent, Eynsham. His father was one of Eynsham’s ropemakers. Reg married Barbara Young in early 1940. She was a shorthand typist living and working in Oxford.
Reg had enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1938. He was promoted to Lance Bombardier in 63 (The Queen’s Own Oxford Hussars) known as the Anti-Tank Regiment. His Regimental Number was 1462989.
Reg and Barbara had a daughter, Janet M, born in 1942. Barbara died in 2000. Many of his family still live in the area, including Janet.
Reg was with Battery 250 in Boxmeer, near the bacon factory under heavy fire on 17th November, 1944. The men took cover in a trench but it took a direct hit. Seven British soldiers were killed and another six injured. Their bodies were laid in a field grave on the outskirts of Sint Anthonis and transferred to the war ceremony in Overloon in 1947.
Reginald Frederick Quainton was one of the 400 men of the 63th Anti Tank Regiment, which arrived in Boxmeer at November 7th. He was Lance Bombardier and placed at battery 250 at the Sint Anthonisweg in Boxmeer, near the former baconfactory (now industrial area “Saxe Gotha”).
The Anti Tank Regiment contents 4 batteries, numbered 249-252 and equiped with some M10 tankdestroyers and 17 pound canons. They are trained to destroy tanks of the enemy, but are ordered to guard their positions in Boxmeer. Normally this is a job of the infantery, so the regiment is less experienced.
Battery 250 has to guard 3 strongpoints (SP’s) in their appointed area. These SP’s are the first structural action in the no-man’s-land in the Boxmeer-area, against the German patrols that cross the Maas, during the night.
Reginald Frederick Quainton and his mates are having a hard time in those days. They are not used to peer in the dark and there is frequently shelling of German grenades.
On november 17th 1944 fate strikes. Battery 250 is shelled heavily at 8.30 in the morning. The men take cover at once in their trenches, but get a direct hit.
When the shelling is over it appears that seven british soldiers are killed.
The seven killed soldiers; Sgt. J.A. Painting, Sgt. J. Dyason, Corp. G.L.J. Hankin, R.B. Bland, E. Cleall, H.A. Wisker and Reginald Frederick Quainton were buried later that day in a fieldgrave near Boxmeerseweg in Sint Anthonis.
In may 1947 they were al reburied at Overloon War Cemetery.
Sue Reynolds and “Tot Frontgebied verklaard” by Guido Siebers and Geurt Franzen.
Granddaughter Julie Dix
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