|Saterday11 November 2017, Farewell to Dreyeroord, monument Battle of Arnhem, where brave British Airbornes gave their lives for our freedom.|
Hotel Dreyeroord in Oosterbeek was
during Operation Market Garden the place where 'The battle of
the white house' was fought. A fight for the possession of the
hotel with surrounding estate.
John Crosson, sniper of the King's Own Scottish Borderers was there. This English veteran looks back at the age of 87 on this difficult period which he survived as one of the few. The story of John Crosson starts on 17 September 1944 at the glider landings near Arnhem. John is a sniper and member of No.6 Platoon B Company of the 7th The King's Own Scottish Borderers battalion. It is their job to protect the landing areas. On 18 and 19 September they will be added to the 4th Parachute Brigade and will arrive at the Hotel Dreijeroord on 20 September; "The White House". During the night patrols are sent to the railway and houses in the area. The Germans are constantly attacking. They penetrate deep into the grounds of the hotel.
On 21 September, Lieutenant Colonel Payton-Reid decides to attack bayonet, which partly succeeds, but the King's Own Scottish Borderers can no longer defend the hotel. The British must withdraw to positions south of the hotel. The fighting around the White House is over. The British losses are heavy. Fallen are buried as possible in the garden of Hotel Dreyeroord. After the war they are transferred to the Airborne cemetery in Oosterbeek.