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Sunderland woman honoured by German government

Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

A Sunderland resident has been honoured by the German government for tending to German war graves in Castletown cemetery for more than 60 years.

Mary Reid, who is 93-years-old, was visited by the Military Attache of the German Embassy in London, Colonel J Rutten, and Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mrs Manuela Wendler, and presented with the Gold Cross of Honour of the German War Graves Commission.

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Among more than 40 war burials at Castletown, are ten German war graves including the families of two fallen airmen.

They are Dieter Andersen, who died on 15 November 1942, and Josef Wich, who lost his life on 5 September 1940.

Mrs Reid, who served in the Royal Ordnance Corps and was chairwoman of the Castletown section of the Royal British Legion, received wreaths and flowers from the German families and she placed them on the graves every year.