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Tributes to Burma war veteran who has died aged 99

Burma war veteran John Skene, who has died aged 99. Credit: Family

One of Bristol's last surviving Burma war veterans has died at the age of 99.

John Skene, who was born in Kingswood in 1919, fought the Japanese during the Second World War. He was injured when a 600lb shell exploded near his head and suffered headaches right through his life as a consequence. In later life he travelled to India and Burma to visit the graves of his comrades.

Mr Skene was made an MBE in 2002 for his contribution to engineering after the war.

His grand daughter Annalea Rogers has paid tribute to him, saying his loss has left a big hole in her.


'Suspicious' fire destroys bus shelter where homeless woman was sleeping

A bus shelter in South Gloucestershire where a homeless woman was sleeping was burned down last night.

Two crews were called out to the fire on Kingswood High Street. Credit: ITV News

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and have started an investigation

The woman, known only as Jo, returned from church to find the shelter in Kingswood burning and all her possessions destroyed.

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