Date added: 17 Apr 2012
I was company clerk for A Company KOYLI from December 1954 to August 1956. I well remember the day John was killed. I would like to extend my sympathy to all of John's family and friends. I am going to Cyprus on holiday next April/May and will lay a wreath on his grave in his memory and all the other KOYLI soldiers who died in Cyprus.
Date added: 25 May 2013
I visited John's grave at Wayne's Keep on Wednesday 17th April 2013, coincidentally exactly a year since my first comment on this site. My visit was arranged by the UN command with a great deal of help from the British High Commission in Nicosia. Two soldiers from the UN, one a an officer in the Royal Signals and the other a sergeant picked me up from my hotel in Limassol, took me to Nicosia to their HQ, collected the UN flag and took me on a tour of the Green Line and the Buffer Zone and showed me where all the fighting between the Greeks and Turks in 1973 took place. It was very interesting. We then proceeded to the cemetery where I laid a wreath with my dedication printed on it. This was very emotional for me and the preceding 57 years just fell away. The other two KOYLI soldiers are buried nearby and I paid my respects to them. Afterwards we went to the church nearby and had tea and biscuits and a look around. We then returned to the UN HQ, handed in the flag and they drove me back to my hotel. It was a good day and they looked after me like I was royalty. I am so glad that I went as I have been waiting 57 years for this chance. If anyone else is thinking of visiting John's grave at Wayne's Keep I would advise them to contact the British High Commission on email@example.com, tell them what you want to do and take it from there. They were a tower of strength and nothing was too much trouble for them. They saved me so much time it would have been difficult to arrange the visit without their help. The webset makes out it's difficult to visit Wayne's Keep but doing it like I did it was no trouble at all. I found out afterwards that I had gone about it the correct way.