Sydney Graham, an OA volunteer, recently attended a memorial service for the father he never met.
Edward Graham was killed during an ambush in Sicily on 13th August 1943. The Royal Irish Fusilier died aged 31, without knowing his wife had given birth to twin sons just 22 days before. Edward was initially posted as missing but was confirmed dead two years later. He was first buried at the roadside before being moved to an unnamed grave.
Sydney and his brother (also called Edward) spent years looking for the grave. They researched many records, but struggled to find relevant information. However, they eventually traced their father’s grave to Catania War Cemetery in Italy.
The twins recently attended a memorial service, where a new headstone was installed to replace the unnamed one.
Sydney said: “I felt relieved to finally find my father’s resting place. I’m sad that my mother never knew where he was buried, but at least everyone now knows.