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91-year-old veteran visits brothers war grave for the first time

A 91-year-old veteran from Lincoln has finally visited his brother's war grave in Norway, 75 years after he died.

Arthur at his brother's grave Credit: Shooting Star PR

Arthur Harrison's brother Edward was killed in action near Steinkjer on 22nd April 1940, aged 21. Edward had been serving with the 4th Battalion of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment.

Mr Harrison's family entered him into a competition run by a nearby fish and chip company who paid for an organised the trip when he won.

Arthur went to Norway with his son-in-law Trevor Fox, grandson Robert Crosbie and host Paul Kiddell, Arthur laid a Royal British Legion poppy wreath at Edward’s grave. Arthur and his family also visited Krogs Farm, the scene of a World War Two battle, and By Farm where Edward died.

Arthur went to Norway with his son-in-law Trevor Fox and grandson Robert Crosbie Credit: Shooting Star PR

The weekend was marvellous – out of this world. We were treated like VIPs by the wonderful people of Norway. The experience has helped me discover the answers about what happened to my brother and helped me to finalise what was left open all of these years. I’m so grateful to Elite and everyone I met.

– Arthur Harrison, war veteran

The trip to Norway was organised and funded by The Elite Fish and Chip Company after Arthur’s wish was chosen as the winner of its Christmas Wish competition.

Private Edward Harrison was killed in action on 22nd April 1940 at By Farm, two kilometres north east of Steinkjer, when the German Luftwaffe bombed and destroyed Steinkjer. Edward was initially buried in a field. He was reburied at the church in the nearby village of Egge on 17th May 1940 (Norway’s National Day). After the war, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission reburied Edward at Trondheim.