Last Arnhem veteran who told his story in Theirs is the Glory Passed Away
By Allan Smith on 16th October 2018
“Sapper Alan Gauntlett, no.3 Troop, 4th Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers. Arnhem veteran and the last, as far as we know, of the 120 veterans who returned to Arnhem in the late Summer of 1945 to tell their story in Theirs is the Glory passed away yesterday evening”.
Alan fought at Arnhem at the age of 19, was wounded on the 23rd September, taken POW on the 26th September and escaped from the Apeldoorn Barracks Hospital on the 1st October. Alan returned across the river on 25th October as part of Pegasus 1 after being secreted by the Dutch resistance. Alan survived the war and the opportunity to appear in Theirs is the Glory arose when he was stationed in Norway allowing him to return to Arnhem and Oosterbeek once again. He then went on to be a successful Chartered Surveyor and is now greatly missed by his loving family and friends.