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Donald Barrett

This is a Bury lad joined the Lancashire Fusiliers in June 1940

He was killed in action clearing mines whilst serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers 16th November 1944.

It is not known why he was with this Unit, but it is known that he trained in Mine Clearing with the Royal Army Ordnance Corp in June 1941.

His body was so badly damaged that he was buried almost where he was killed in the garden of a house Baexem in Holland he could only be indentified by the number on his boots.

This garden was at the home of a family named Schoyen.

A local miltary archivist named Roel Rijks followed up this story and met with Mrs. Nel Schoyen, 90+ years old.

She has a very good brain and remembers how, after the war, they contacted the Barrett family and how the family visited the grave and how, in return,
Nel's sister visited the Barrett family in Bury.

John Herbert and Margaret Barrett
He also received photo's.

In the early 70's the grave was replaced to Venray CWGC cemetery.

Does anyone know the Barrett Family and where they are now