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Second World War Soldier to be re-interred

27 September 2012

A re-interment ceremony was held at Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery in the Netherlands on Wednesday October 3rd for Private Lewis Curtis of the 5th Battalion The Wiltshire Regiment. 

Private Curtis, who came from Liskeard in Cornwall, was killed on October 2nd 1944 in an artillery barrage in the aftermath of Operation Market Garden.  

His body was found in 2003 at de Laar Farm to the south of Arnhem. He was identifed in 2008 by the Dutch Army Recovery Team using dental records.   

The re-interment service began at 10 am and was attended by his niece and nephew and their families. Private Curtis was accorded full military honours by The Honour Guard of The 5th Battalion The Rifles. The Royal Netherlands Army National Reserve Band provided the music.

An Order of Service for Private Curtis' re-interment ceremony can be found here.