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Austin, John Patrick Standidge (Engels)

  • Born 27-09-1922 in Castleconnell, Limerick, Ireland.
  • Deceased 04-04-1945 in Hattem.
  • Parents  Joseph Edward Austin, lieutenant, and Katherine Matilda nee Ryan.

John Patrick Austin was from September 24 to October 12, 1944 in hiding at the family Juninck ‘Pan‘ in Dulder in the period in which the Twente resistance group from Cor Hilbrink here, after the attack on Huize Lidwina in Zenderen, briefly had his headquarters.

His father was a lieutenant in the First World War, his grandfather was Sir John Austin 1st Baronet Red Hill and a member of the British House of Commons. John Patrick was sergeant of the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

He was part of the so-called Jedburgh team of Special Operations. On the night of 11 on September 12, 1944 this Jedburgh team landed, codenamed Dudley, with parachutes at Wierden. The team consisted besides John Patrick Austin (nicknamed Bunny) from Major Henk Brinkgreve (codenamed Dudley) and American Major John Malcolm Olmsted. Austin was telegrapher and had contact with the military intelligence in London and with it, behind the advancing Allied army operating, transmitting station Wensum. The staff of the RVV-brigade Twente Austin also worked with the telegrapher Ben Buunk.

Sergeant Austin November 18, 1944 was by chance, the Germans arrested by the Germans at his hiding place in Luttenberg and ended up in the prison in Zwolle. He was shot on 04-04-1945 at the Geldersedijk Hattem along with five resistance fighters, including Ben Buunk.

Buried: Erehof at the General Cemetery in Hattem.

Memorial at the Geldersedijk in Hattem.

Jedburg Memorial in the Peterborough Cathedral.

In 2014, the book ‘Operatie Jedburgh’ was published about the secret Allied missions in the Netherlands in 1944-1945, written by Jelle Hooiveld.

And in 2015 the book ‘The fifteen executions’ about the liquidations on the IJsseloever, written by Wolter Noordman, was published.

W4 John Austin_03   Jedburg Memorial Peterborough.