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Royal Irish Fusilier, Edward Graham, found by his sons 74 years after his death

Edward and Sydney Graham visiting the area near Maletto where their father was killed.

Royal Irish Fusilier Edward Graham’s grave was finally found by his twin sons last week, more than 74 years after he died in a German ambush near Maletto in August 1943.

Edward and Sydney Graham attended the rededication ceremony for their father at Catania Commonwealth War Grave (CWGC) cemetery on 4th October 2017. Previously, the grave’s headstone had been engraved with the words “Known unto God”.

The rededication, organised by the MoD’s Joint Compassionate and Casualty Centre, was attended by the Defence Attache at the UK’s Rome Embassy, Lt Col Lindsay MacDuff, and former Commanding Officers of the Royal Irish Rangers, Lt General Sir Phillip Trousdell and Lt Colonel Phillip Baxter.

A delegation from the Royal Irish Regiment including its chaplain, Padre Ivan Linton, a piper and a bugler were in attendance.

Representatives of the town of Piedimonte Etneo also attending the ceremony.

 

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My late uncle Anthony Thomas Saunders served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers during WW2. Although I spent a lot of time with him, being born in 1947 I did not speak about his time in the forces. I recently discovered his pay book and was taken aback by the comments on the section “Cause of discharge.” Discharged due to ceasing to fulfil the Army physical requirements. The more I thought the more I want to find out about his time in the Army, and why, when I believed he lost his right arm in Africa, was the reason for discharge… Read more »

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