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Memorial honors British soldiers killed on Cyprus

GIRNE - Anatolia News Agency | 11/9/2009 12:00:00 AM |

A memorial was unveiled Sunday in Turkish Cyprus in remembrance of 371 British servicemen, killed between 1956 and 1959.

A memorial was unveiled Sunday in Turkish Cyprus in remembrance of 371 British servicemen, most of them killed by the terrorist organization EOKA between 1956 and 1959.

The British High Commissioner to Cyprus, Peter Millet, unveiled the memorial built by the British Cyprus Memorial Trust at the old British cemetery in Girne in northern Cyprus, reported Anatolia news agency.

High ranking commanders from British air, land and naval forces, and veteran British soldiers were also in attendance at the opening of the memorial.

Inscribed on the memorial, constructed from dark-grey granite, are the names of the 371 British servicemen — 28 members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, 274 British Army, and 69 Royal Air Force — who died on Cyprus on active duty between 1955-1959.

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