TPR. Kidd. A.

Rank: Trooper

Service No: 14336249

Date of Death: 22/10/1944

Age: 20

Regiment/Service: Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. 3rd (8th Bn. The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers) Regt.

Grave Reference VIII. C. 11.


The cemetery was started in the spring of 1945 when graves were brought in from the surrounding district, most of them being casualties of September-November 1944. At that time the main fighting was concerned with clearing the region south and west of the Maas and with opening up the Scheldt estuary further west. Helmond itself was occupied on 25 September, 1944.


Trooper Kidd’s gravestone in Mierlo War Cemetery

Son of Alfred and Martha Kidd, of Stoke Newington, London1.

The Reconnaissance Corps was charged with gathering vital tactical information in battle for infantry divisions, probing ahead and screening the flanks of main advances2.

Died from wounds3.

The Reconnaissance corps unofficial moto was: Only the enemy in front, every other beggar behind.4

3rd Reconnaissance Regt provided contact detachments for 3rd (British) division on Sword Beach on D-Day and then served throughout the Northwest European campaign. Patrols from 3 Recce were among the first British troops to enter Caen in July 1944.4


Photograph –

  2. Wikipedia
  3. WW2 talk
  4. Only The Enemy in Front – Richard Doherty Spellmount 2008