1st Edition HB 2006

Operation Market Garden Book

Hardback. First published in Holland in 2006 by "R N Sigmond Publishing".
Printed by "Van Eck & Oosterink". Written by Harry Faulkner-Brown.
The author was an Officer with the Royal Engineers at Arnhem and this
is his account of the events.

The Author:
Harry (Henry) Faulkner-Brown was born at the mouth of the River Tyne into a seafaring
family. He started work in an architects office before moving to Kings College,
Durham University where he joined the OTC reaching the rank of Sergeant. From here
his military activities took him to the DLI Depot at Brancepath, a Sapper OCTU,
a Field Company RE and eventually to a Parachute Squadron RE.
He was dropped at Arnhem with the 1st Airborne Division and was fortunate enough
to be evacuated across the river Rhine.
Subsequently he flew with the Division to Norway to help to disarm the German occupiers
and liberate the country. He eventually commanded the Squadron before being released
to take a final qualifying University year.
His architectural career took off and his experience was gained via offices in London
and he spent 12 years in Toronto with his wife and family. He then returned to his roots,
setting up a private practice and lecturing at his old University. After retiring he
formed a library planning consultancy and gave specialist advice in many countries
from Iceland to China.

Service Record.
13.06.1942
commissioned into the Royal Engineers [emergency commission]

(09.1944)
Officer Commanding, 3 Troop, 4th Parachute Squadron RE (Arnhem [evacuated])

1944

1st Parachute Squadron RE

For actions against the enemy at Oosterbeek, Captain Brown was awarded the Military
Cross. His citation reads:
Between 20.9.44 and 22.9.44, this officer with 30 OR's was attached to my {Major Wilson}
Coy {21st Independent Parachute Company}. He held a part of the front which was very
exposed to the enemy fire. During the period this officer made several sorties to
drive off enemy massing for an assault. He led a small party which destroyed an S.P. gun
and regardless of the enemy fire at close range continuously went from trench to
trench giving his men encouragement. His two senior officers were killed and most
of his men became casualties but by his personal courage and example he encouraged
his few remaining men to drive back nine determined attacks by the enemy and not
one yard of ground was surrendered.
Published: A sapper at Arnhem : the memoirs of Harry Faulkner-Brown (2006)