Sam Rafferty

Believed to be No.5 Platoon, "B" Company, 8th Parachute Battalion, taken shortly before take-off for Operation Varsity on the 24th March 1945. Left to right, back row: Unknown Private, Privates Gibbons (KIA 24/03/45) and Thomas, Captain Belson, Privates Russell and possibly "Paddy" (who later became mayor of Saskatoon, Saskatchuan, Canada) and Sergeant Bryan (KIA 24/03/45). Middle row: Possibly Jimmy Stagg and David Gooding (KIA 24/03/45), Privates Witchett, Donaldson and Maskell (KIA 24/03/45). Front row: Private Fisher, Fred Potts, Unknown, Sergeant Glover. Lying down at front: Privates Bean and Sam Rafferty. Copyright: Nick Rafferty. If you have any further information on this unit or can put any names to faces, please write to