Reinders, Johannes Theodorus Maria “Jan”, born 24-02-1925 in Zevenaar,
a son of Johannes Theodorus Reinders, a butcher from Zevenaar, and Louisa Wilhelmina Sterk. He went into hiding as a cook in hotel Sionshof. He reported to Sionshof on 17-09-1944, during Operation Market Garden
, to act as a guide. Jan Reinders, age 19, joined the resistance. Shortly after midnight he drove Captain Arie “Harry” Bestebreurtje
, Lieutenant George Verhaeghe and Sergeant Willard “Bud” Beynon to explore the city. At the Postweg, corner Groesbeekseweg, close to the barracks, they got caught up in a fierce firefight in the early morning of September 18. Reinders was fatally affected.
Bestebreurtje and the other two Americans were injured. His name is also written as Rijnders or Reijnders. When the war broke out, Bestebreurtje had escaped with his wife and daughter via Portugal to the United States, from where they later traveled on to England. In October 1943 he volunteered to the British Special Operations Executive (SOE)
in England and in 1944 became one of the nearly 300 “Jeds” (agents of the Jedburgh group).
Captain Arie “Harry” Bestebreurtje being a part/guide of the” 82nd Airborne Corps
under General James Maurice “Slim Jim” Gavin
, which operated in the surroundings of Arnhem and Nijmegen in mid-September 1944, where Bestebreurtje, his courage and his policy action, ability and perseverance managed to discharge his mission in an excellent manner after landing. ” Harry Bestebreurtje a Dutch immigrant died 21-01- 1983, age 66 in Charlottesville/Albemarle, Virginia USA.
Willard “Bud” Beynon ( born in Scranton, 02-06-1923 ) was a US Army sergeant during World War II. He was probably the surviving member of a Jedburgh team. After the war he worked for the police in Scranton. Beynon was married to Rachel Allen, who died in 1992. They had two children, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bud Beynon died 15-02-2011 at the age of 87.
Reinders, Johannes Theodorus Maria “Jan”. who died in battle, got a fieldgrave at the Groesbeekseweg, Nijmgen opposite Groenewoud / H.-Landstichting II-I