Funeral for soldiers, 54 years on

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The Independent Online
A SECOND WORLD War corporal has finally received the military funeral he deserved, 54 years after he was shot out of the sky during the battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands.

The remains of George Froud, discovered in a garden last year, were buried yesterday with full honours at an hour-long funeral attended by his son at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Oosterbeek. Two fellow soldiers, Sergeant Lawrence Howes and Sergeant David Thompson, of the Glider Pilot Regiment, were also buried.

An initial search by the Ministry of Defence had failed to trace any of Corporal Froud's relatives to attend his funeral, but a last-minute public appeal led to the discovery of his son. Terry Marsh, 57, of Chichester, West Sussex, who was three when his father died, said he had been shocked to learn that the body had been found.

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