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Peter Thomas, Wilson Cartwright
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Monte Casino
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27 July 2005

This story was submitted to the site by the BBC's Peoples War Team in the East Midlands with Peter Thomas'permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions."

My brother in law was killed at Monte Casino trying to take the monastery. Years later my wife and I visited the site. We went on a bus trip that stopped in Monte Casino. Somebody stood up and asked if anyone had lost anybody in the war. I told her about my brother in law. She asked me if I knew his number, unfortunately I didn’t but I did know his name, Wilson Cartwright. The bus guide took me with her into a brick building a bit like a bus stop. She looked through a book and spotted the name Wilson Cartwright. She took me through an area full of graves with big marble walls – we found his burial site. It was very unexpected and sad but I’m glad that there was something for him to mark the sacrifice he had given.

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Posted on: 27 July 2005 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper


You can access your brother-in-law's permanent memorial on the Internet here links Just click on the link.

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