Vandeleur, John Ormsby Evelyn, “Joe”.

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Vandeleur, John Ormsby Evelyn
Vandeleur, John Ormsby Evelyn “Joe”, born 14-11-1904, in Nowshera, India the son of Colonel Crofton Bury Vandeleur and Evelyn O’Leary. His family was originally from Kilrush, County Clare, where they were the local landlords. He was commissioned into the Irish Guards  as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1924, serving in Sudan and Egypt before the war. As Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion Irish Guards he led the breakout of XXX Corps  under General Brian Horrocks, nicknamed “Jorrocks”
during Operation Market-Garden (see About Us). Brian Horrocks died old age 89, on 04-01-1985, in Chichester.
John Vandeleur’s Irish Guards took the bridge over the Maas–Scheldt Canal in the Belgian city of Lommel just south of the Belgian–Dutch border. This was the first success to reach the bridge of Valkenwaard (see Jack Brook)
  (see William Parkes) in the Netherlands.
    Joe’s Bridge — is the nickname given to Bridge No.9 on the Maas–Scheldt Canal in the Belgian city of Lommel just south of the Belgian–Dutch border. His cousin Lieutenant-Colonel Giles Vandeleur , their grandfathers were brothers, was acting Commanding Officer of the 2nd Armoured Battalion Irish Guards. Giles died age 66, on 09-03-1976. He went on to command the 129th Brigade  and 32nd Brigade .

Death and burial ground of Vandeleur, John Ormsby Evelyn “Joe”.

He retired from the Army in 1951 and returned for the festivities in 1963. He married Felicity Bury-Barry, who died in 1948 and later married Norah Christie-Miller (who was a Vandeleur cousin on her mother’s side). Joe lived out his life after the war in a magnificent manor house in Pinkneys Green, near Maidenhead in Berkshire. John Vandeleur died in Maidenhead, England on 04-08-1988, age 83. He is buried on the Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England Cemetery. His grave is marked by a simple headstone inscribed only “J.O.E. V 1903 – 1988” and underneath “Once an Irish Guardsman”.

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