Rededication Service and Burial at Arnhem (Oosterbeek) War Cemetery
16 September 2015
On 16 September two special ceremonies will take place at
this site. In the morning at 10.30hrs a rededication service
will take place for Sapper H Sherwood who is now known to be
buried in plot 23, row C, grave 19 at Arnhem (Oosterbeek) War
Cemetery. Sapper Sherwood was previously commemorated by name on
the Groesbeek Memorial.
At 1430hrs the burial will take place of Driver J J Kennell who
served with 250 (Airborne) Light Composite Coy, Royal Army Service
Corps, and died on 18 September 1944. He was only 19 years
The remains of Driver Kennell were discovered in 2012 at the
Ginkel Heath near Arnhem. He was identified by means of a
1944 army dental treatment card. It is led to believe that the was
killed in mid-air by German fire whilst descending by parachute.
His body was found and buried in a shallow field grave.
John Kennell was born on 23 July 1925 in Islington, London, the
son of John and Jeanette Kennell. He liked sports and played
football, cricket, swimming, boxing and billiards. His hobbies were
reading, travel, history and music. He started work, aged 14, as an
office boy, but soon moved into the hardware side of the business,
becoming a tinner's improver (mate) until he was called up for
national service. He received his basic training with the General
Service Corps and was subsequently trained as a driver with the 9th
Training Battalion RASC.
He was posted to 230 Divisional Composite Company RASC, but may
have been looking for more action; applying for airborne duties,
which were voluntary. He was posted to No. 2 Parachute Platoon of
250 Light Composite Company RASC, which was, as part of Operation
Market Garden flown in on 18 September 1944. John jumped over
Ginkel Heath, but - according to unconfirmed sources - was hit by
German fire mid-air whilst descending by parachute. His body was
found and buried in an unmarked field grave, where it lain,
undiscovered, until 2012.