Scarr, Philip Donn

Autumn of 1920 to 27 September 1944

War Service:
Corporal 2084786 PHILIP DONN SCARR of 89 (Parachute) Security Section, Intelligence Corps died on 27 September 1944, aged 24. The role of the Field Security sections of the Intelligence Corps included such tasks as locating, arresting, searching and interrogating enemy agents and collaborators, searching captured enemy positions for intelligence material and briefing senior officers on their findings. 89 (Parachute) Field Security Section were attached to 1st Airborne Division and could be deployed by parachute or glider.

On 17 September 1944 89 section landed with the British airborne force attempting to seize the road bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem (the ‘Market’ part of Operation ‘Market Garden’). They arrested a number of Dutch Nazis in the town of Arnhem but as the battle progressed their Field Security duties were abandoned and 89 Section fought as infantry.

Corporal Scarr was killed on 27 September 1944.

He is buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the memorial at Lewisham United Reformed Church.

He was born in Lewisham in the autumn of 1920, the son of William Donn Scarr and of Margaret Alice Scarr, of Hayes, Kent.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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