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Rededication service for identified Flying Officer

17 July 2012

A rededication service was held on Friday, July 20th, for the headstone of Flying Officer Derek Hurlstone Allen DFC.

Flying Officer Allen was originally buried at Poix Du Nord Communal Cemetery Extension in France as an unidentified casualty. However, due to research by the Air Historical Branch of the Ministry of Defence, he has now been identified and his grave can be marked accordingly.

Flying Officer Allen, a member of the Royal Air Force 85 Sqdn. who died in May 1940, was previously commemorated at the RAF Memorial in Runnymede.

Members of his family travelled to the cemetery from the UK to attend the rededication service which took place at 14:00, local time.  Flying Officer Allen's brother gave a reading during the service.   

The order of service for the ceremony can be viewed here.