December 7 2013 Latest news:
by Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Thursday, September 12, 2013
A Dutchman is searching for the Havering relatives of a British soldier who died liberating his parents’ village during the Second World War.
John Geboers wants to create a memorial for Arthur Fraser, who was killed in September 1944 while protecting the inhabitants of Druziel, Holland.
Arthur’s wife Beatrice, who died in 1994, moved to Havering after re-marrying - and John hopes he may be able to track down her family to work with them on a tribute.
Beverley Cooper, whose father Clifford Turner served in the same division and regiment as Arthur, has been helping John since she met him at the D-Day celebrations in Normandy this year - where John wore Arthur’s army uniform in tribute.
She said: “John wants Arthur Fraser to be remembered with some sort of memorial, so he is trying to find a connection to any surviving members of his or his wife’s families.
“John would like to honour this man for giving his life for the people of the village.”
Arthur, who was born in the town of Greenock in Scotland, served in the 53rd Welsh Division of the Highland Light Infantry.
He was also in the City of Glasgow regiment, as was Beverley’s father, who came from Kent.
Arthur married Beatrice, whose maiden name was Cox, on December 26, 1935.
They had two children called Pam and Hazel.
Beatrice re-married in 1950, to a man called Arthur J Cooper and eventually settled down in Havering, where she died.
She was born on May 21 1914 in Dover, to Percy Stewart Cox, from Essex, and Rosina Caroline Cox, from Canterbury.
It is believed Beatrice had five siblings called Percy William, Ernest Herz, Jesse James, Reginald and Ethel.
Surviving relatives of Beatrice and any other people with information about her or Arthur are urged to call Beth Wyatt, at the Recorder, on 020 8477 3988.
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