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14 APRIL 2004

Soldier's body found 60 years on.

The remains of a soldier from Wales have been found in the Netherlands, 60 years after he was killed in battle.
His widow Grace, now 86 and living near Cwmbran, has been told Evan Davies' body and personal belongings were found by builders in a town on the Rhine.
The sergeant major, who died aged 27, will be buried with full military honours in the Netherlands on 9 June.
Members of his family will be there although his widow is too frail to travel.
It took Ministry of Defence officials and the Dutch army nine months to identify the body and trace the family, who are from Abersychan near Pontypool.
The remains were found with his cap badge, tag and other personal items.

Sergeant Major Davies, a member of the 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment, died in a battle with German troops in 1944 near the town of Broekhuizen on the Rhine.
His widow Grace Young, whose second husband died 10 years ago, now lives in a nursing home.
Unable to walk unaided, Mrs Young is not well enough to travel to the Netherlands for the burial, which will be a military ceremony, attended by soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Wales.
His niece Judith Williams said: "My mother and my aunt always had the feeling that they've never been able to say goodbye to him or pay their last respects to him.
"Coincidentally, Aunty Grace's sister's husband is buried at the same cemetery at Venray that Uncle Evan will be buried at.
"They always felt that Aunty Olive was able to say goodbye to Uncle Les and Grace had never been able to do the same.
"Now we can lay his body to rest and pay him the respect he deserves."
Sergeant Major Davies was among 140 men who were killed, when 300 members of the 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment tried to take a German stronghold in a castle near the Dutch town in November 1944.
Major Martin Everett, curator of the South Wales Borderers Museum in Brecon said it was quite rare, unlike with the trenches of the First World War, for bodies to be recovered from the Second World War.
"What's quite poignant about this story is that two months before he died, his platoon had seized a Nazi flag from the German HQ at Helmond - they all signed the flag and you can see Sergeant Major Davies' signature on it. The flag's now in our museum."

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