Skeleton of British WWII soldier who singlehandedly fought off German attack ‘found’ in Italy

Historians in Italy believe they have found the remains of a British officer who was hailed a hero during the Second World War after holding off a German attack singlehandedly, armed only with a pistol and hand grenades.

They have unearthed a skeleton close to a strategic point that was the focus of a fierce battle in September 1943 in the days following the Allied landings at Salerno, south of Naples.

About 10 yards from the human remains they found a silver bracelet which is inscribed “R. Donald Brown”.