A young Second World War British Army soldier whose remains took almost a decade to forensically identify, is to finally be laid to rest near Arnhem close to where he was killed in action. The funeral of Private Lewis Curtis from the 5th Battalion The Wiltshire Regiment will take place with full military honours. His family and a surviving fellow soldier will be in there. Private Curtis was just 19 years old when he died for his country in battle outside Oosterbeek in the Netherlands during the infamous Operation Market Garden in 1944.
The remains of the young soldier, who was originally from Cornwall, were unearthed in 2003 by builders excavating an area of land to make way for a modern housing estate. Only after old dental records were uncovered did the young soldier’s true identity finally come to light.