Unknown British soldier's body found on Monte Spaduro

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  1. Pat Curran

    Pat Curran New Member

    Fus John Muldoon born Dungannon County Tyrone 3/9/1913. In 1939 register living with his widowed mother Bridget 35 School Road Long Lawford Rugby. Unmarried and at the time a Council labourer. Brother Peter born 1912 who married 1946 Margaret Nugent. She is buried St Marie Catholic churchyard Rugby with mother-in-law Bridget, father-in-law Michael and husband Peter.
  2. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Unfortunately the MOD later informed me that there was no match. It appears that Fus. Muldoon may have been too old (age thought to have been about 23) and the DNA test on Fus. Winder's family member was negative.

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  3. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member


    Not current but just spotted the news item you refer to ...presumably no match has yet been found...I'll be at Monte Spaduro next late spring to do some filming.

    Appeal to trace family of fallen World War Two hero
  4. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Thanks Steve and Richard.

    I understand that the burial is to take place in November in any case but need to confirm this with CWGC in August - will do so and post the details.

    In any case I shall be going to the ceremony,

  5. Alison67

    Alison67 New Member

    My uncle is one of the men thought to be this soldier.
    He was in the 5th Battalion The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment).
  6. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Have you been contacted by the MOD, Alison?
  7. Alison67

    Alison67 New Member

    Yes, We supplied DNA from a surviving brother around 10 days ago.
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  8. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Update. The ceremony is planned for the week beginning 18 November.

    Thank you so much all of you who have shown interest in this soldier. The MOD told me a while ago that even if he is not identified before the burial they have his DNA and will keep on searching.

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  9. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Good news.

    No doubt it's answered further up the thread but may I ask if the burial will take place at the Santerno river CWGC cemetery?

    best wishes
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  10. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member


    I understand that it is to take place in Bologna. I will keep everyone posted as promised.

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  11. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member


    I have now been told that hopefully the ceremony will be in March 2020 - on or around the 16th,

  12. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Hello everyone who has shown an interest in this case.

    Sadly it has not been possible to identify this soldier. He is to be buried as an unknown on 11 March in Bologna War Cemetery at 10.30 am (time to be confirmed)

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  13. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Well done for the effort you have made, perhaps one day, who knows, but at least he will have a proper resting place.
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  14. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Thank you all for your kind words,

  15. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    Now the coronavirus scenario has led to the postponement of the burial of this poor man.
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  16. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    Awful to hear that. Let us hope this poor soul’s journey will finally end very soon.
  17. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    Is that because MoD will not sanction the troops to travel to Italy for the burial?


  18. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    Who knows but I suspect that it's more likely that either the Italian government is discouraging movement in a red zone or doesn't want crowds (or both) As ever the needs of the living trump those of the dead and it would be mawkish to pretend otherwise. It would be showing no real respect for the dead for their burial to put at risk the living.
  19. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

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