"Now 81 I live in Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincolnshire. I've never forgotten 'Billy' and over the years his name has come to mind countless times.   I'm so pleased Billy is commemorated on the Hathern war memorial.   He was KIA following an ambush on the 27th February, 1956 not long before he was due for demob.  I was permitted to attend his  funeral.  On a Remembrance Sunday four day visit to Cyprus with other ex-Royal Leicester's Regimental pals I was able to get a photograph of his war grave at the Wayne's Keep military cemetery.  In the three years between 1955 - 1958 a total of 371 were killed in the EOKA conflict.  The memories then flooded back.  We were about the same age.  I was a Quorn lad.  We served our apprenticeship together as coach builders at the Willowbrook Coachworks Ltd on Derby Road, Loughborough.  Summer lunchtime we used to go for a swim in Dishley Brook and occasionally on an evening a pint at his favourite pub, the 'Dew Drop'.    Even now when visiting family in the Loughborough area I never pass the 'Dew Drop' without saying, 'Hey-up Billy'.In the early years that followed I had contact with the family and Billy's mother and I think sister who came to visit us when we lived in Chapel St. Leonards during the late 1970's.Thank you for allowing me to cherish the memory of an old pal lost so many years ago.Kind regards,Cliff Newton. " 

 

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