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Pensioners' pilgrimage

PUBLISHED: 11:40 07 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:09 03 March 2010

YEARS of not knowing where their brother was laid to rest, has came to an end for an Ipswich family after a 15-hour plane ride to Burma.

Brother and sister Joyce Winter, 76, and Peter Salter, 70, made the emotional trip to visit the grave of their brother Eric Salter, who was killed in battle during World War Two.

YEARS of not knowing where their brother was laid to rest, has came to an end for an Ipswich family after a 15-hour plane ride to Burma.

Brother and sister Joyce Winter, 76, and Peter Salter, 70, made the emotional trip to visit the grave of their brother Eric Salter, who was killed in battle during World War Two.

The family has only ever been given sketchy details about the way he died, but have been led to believe that Eric was killed by a sniper in a jungle gun battle.

Mr Salter said it was a weight off the family's shoulders to have finally visited the grave.

He said: "It was very traumatic when Eric died. I was 15 at the time and being the youngest of the family it was a difficult time. In that day and age there was no possibility of getting out there or even having the means to do so.

"Seeing his grave was quite peaceful in a way because they seemed to give them so much care and attention. It was kept so nicely, and I came away thinking feeling that I am glad he was laid to rest there. At least we know his grave won't be neglected."

The pair joined a group of around 20 other people in the Royal British Legion organised trip. They laid a reef on their brother's grave, which is in the Htaukkyan cemetery, in Burma.

For both Mr Salter and Mrs Winter, who came up with the idea, the trip was well worthwhile and something they are both pleased to have accomplished.

Mr Salter said: "Joyce was widowed about 15 months ago and said it was something that she would like to do. I think it was quite emotional for her but it proved to be good for both of us. It was the longest trip either of us had ever been on."

The Salter family were born and bred in the Landseer Road area of Ipswich but moved away after World War Two. Mr Salter currently lives in Sutton Coldfield, in the West Midlands, and Mrs Winter lives in Southend, Essex.

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