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Looking for relatives of John Attenborough.

CYPRUS veteran Les Smith is searching for the relatives of the late John Thomas Attenborough from Hathern.

Pte John Thomas Attenborough is one of the 371 British Servicemen who died on active service during the four-year Cyprus Emergency, from April 1 1955 to April 18, 1959.

Pte Attenborough's name is among those remembered with honour on the British Cyprus Memorial.

Les says that Pte Attenborough was serving with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment he was killed on May 30, 1956 when a grenade exploded in his vehicle as he was driving through the Varosha district of Famagusta, and claiming the lives of the two others with him.

Aged 19, from Hathern he is buried at Wayne's Keep, the British military cemetery in Cyprus, Plot 20, Row C Grave 8. Les told the Echo that he wanted: "To let his relatives know that he has not been forgotten by his comrades and that we now have two memorials in memory of the 371 British servicemen and 21 policemen who died in Cyprus 1955 to 1959.

"One memorial in Kyrenia Cyprus and one in The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Also that the next of kin are entitled to receive The Elizabeth Cross."


Pte John Thomas Attenborough.

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Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Geographic Code:4EXCY
Date:Feb 28, 2018
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