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Jersey Nazi camp survivor to be laid to rest in home parish

Cross laid on pauper's grave
Image caption A cross was laid on the pauper's grave in May after it was found in 2017

A concentration camp survivor is to be reburied in his home parish in Jersey.

Frank Le Villio was 19 when he took a German officer's motorbike during the occupation of the Channel Islands.

He was sent to the Neuengamme and Sandbostel camps in Germany, where he contracted tuberculosis. He died of TB in Nottingham in 1946, aged 21.

His family and the parishes of St Saviour and St Helier have raised money for his exhumation and reburial, which will take place on 5 September.

Reverend Peter Dyson, from St Saviour's Church, said he would be "laid to rest with his family".

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Image caption After his death at the age of 21, Frank Le Villio was buried in a pauper's grave along with six others

"There's something very moving about bringing someone back to the island and the town where he lived as a young boy," he said.

"One of the extraordinary things about the occupation was the occupying Germans allowed the national anthem to be played at the end of every service, so we're going to be doing that at the end of the service to sort of take it back and link it in to that really tough period."

After six months in the camps, Mr Le Villio was deported in 1944 and then lived in Nottingham.

His grave was discovered last year.

Historian Stanley Keiller found him in a pauper's grave in Nottingham after he was fascinated by the story after he started researching it for a talk about his own occupation experience.

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