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A poignant tribute to tragic hero.

A CHILD lays flowers on the grave of a teenage soldier from the Durham Light Infantry who died in the first days of the Battle of Arnhem.

Roosmaryn, aged 11, from Renkum, pays tribute to Pte Saxelby, who was 19, during the annual remembrance service at Oosterbeek War Cemetery in Holland.

The service was held to mark the 70th anniversary of the 1944 Allied military operation codenamed Operation Market Garden, made famous in the film A Bridge Too Far.

Operation Market Garden saw Allied forces land behind German lines near Arnhem, where they were defeated after days of fighting.

The aim was to inflict a decisive blow on the Germans and therefore end the war by Christmas 1944, but there was strong resistance and it was left to the airborne forces to defend themselves in a bloody battle, without ground troops.

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An 11-year-old local girl lays flowers on the grave of Private Saxelby, 19, of the Durham Light Infantry at <BOosterbeek War Cemetery in Holland to mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2014
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