ICE archaeologist Gilly Carr discovers grave of Nazi victim in BBC investigation
ICE archaeologist Dr Gilly Carr has discovered the grave of a long-lost Nazi victim as part of a BBC Inside Out investigation.
Sidney Ashcroft was deported from Nazi-controlled Guernsey for stealing food and punching a German soldier in an attempt to protect his mother.
Sidney was one of the 'Guernsey Eight' - a group of islanders who were deported to different Nazi prisons and concentration camps for various defiant acts against the occupying Germans in the Channel Islands during WWII.
Dr Carr has spent years researching the lives of deported Channel Islanders and has retraced Sidney's final steps. Accompanied by his cousin, who she tracked down, she discovered Sidney's resting place in a mass grave in the cemetery of St Michael in Straubing, where Sidney's body had been dumped after his death from tuberculosis in Straubing prison in Germany. Dr Carr and Sidney's cousin, Chris Roberts, were able to lay a plaque in the place of the mass grave so that Sidney's final resting place could be remembered.
The people of Straubing have since planted flowers around the plaque and a local priest has blessed the burial place.
The poignant story was captured for the BBC's Inside Out programme, broadcast on BBC One on Monday 2 November 2015.
Nazi victim Sidney Ashcroft's grave found after 70 years - read the full story on the BBC website
BBC Inside Out 02/11/2015 - watch the programme on BBC iPlayer