Royal Artillery, 63 (The Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars) Anti-Tank Regt.
II. D. 8.
Son of William Thomas Painting and Emily Painting from Oxford, husband of Beulah Painting from Oxford.
John Arthur Painting was one of the 400 men of the 63th Anti Tank Regiment, which arrived in Boxmeer at November 7th. He was Lance Serjeant 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 lines in Boxmeer. Normally this is a job of the infantery, so the regiment is less experienced in this matter.
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.
John Arthur Painting 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; R.F. Quainton, Sgt. J. Dyason, Corp. G.L.J. Hankin, R.B. Bland, E. Cleall, H.A. Wisker ánd John Arthur Painting were buried later that day in a fieldgrave near Boxmeerseweg in Sint Anthonis.
In may 1947 they were all reburied at Overloon War Cemetery.
Leo Janssen, Jan Pennings from Overloon
“Tot Frontgebied verklaard” by Guido Siebers and Geurt Franzen.
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