In Search of The Missing Press Release
Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle continues with their talks programme with a visit from one of its old friends Lieutenant. Geert Jonker of the Royal Netherlands Army Recovery and Identification Service delivering a special talk “In search of the missing”
The talk on Friday 13 May is likely to be very popular and the Museum is asking anyone interested in attending to book early.
Lt. Geert Jonker will deliver a fascinating lecture on the history and work of this small but vitally important unit of the Royal Dutch Army. The unit is responsible for the recovery of the remains of “missing” Dutch civilian and military and Allied and German military personnel, who lost their lives during the Second World War. Combining the roles of military specialists with that of the archaeologist and forensic scientist, they have recovered numerous individuals. These include five soldiers of the 1st Battalion Border Regiment, killed during the Battle of Arnhem, whose remains were discovered between 1984 and 2003. No longer missing in action, they are buried in the Airborne Cemetery at Oosterbeek.
The Museum and our Regiment has worked closely with the unit for over 20 years supplying background information and research on casualties and helping to trace next-of-kin.
Stuart Eastwood, Curator at Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life said:
“We are delighted that Lieutenant Jonker will be joining us at the Museum. This promises to be extremely popular as on the last occasion when Geert spoke to us in 2011 the evening was sold out, we are advising the public to book their tickets early.”