War veteran's battle to honour dead comrade

A war veteran from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire is urging authorites to give his former comrade a military funeral - nearly 70 years after his death.

Sidney Swift, who is 95, buried Rifleman Horace Savage after he was killed in the Invasion of Sicily in 1943 - but his body has never been recovered.

Mr Swift, who served in the London Irish Regiment, buried Rifleman Savage in a ditch after he was fatally wounded by a German machine gun near the town of Catania. He always believed that Rifleman Savage's body had been moved to an official military grave.

But when a friend visited Sicily he could only find the graves of Rifleman Edwin Pearton and L/Cpl John Biggs, who were killed in the same action. Horace Savage's name does appear on the Cassino War Cemetery memorial but is on a list of soldiers whose bodies were never recovered.

Mr Swift says he can remember exactly where he buried his friend and can provide directions so that his remains can be recovered.