By John Smith • 02 November 2021 • 11:27
Son Coletes cemetery.
Credit: Balearic Government
PRIOR to All Saints Day there was an official visit to Son Coletes cemetery in Manacor to review findings by the regional secretary of Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory, Jesús Jurado.
He wanted to see the progress being made in the search for Civil War grave pits and to take part in a Remembrance Day Service on Friday October 29 with other representatives of Government both local and national.
Whilst a number of pits have been dug and no evidence of victims of the Civil War found, one area, which measures around 1.2 metres by 70 centimetres appears to be full of bones and some clothing and has effectively been used as an ossuary (mass grave) and a large number of fractured bones have been discovered.
Initial findings are that there are a number of bones that probably date back to the 19th Century but others clearly can be attributed to the years from 1936 and 1937 but work was suspended for a few days to coincide with the feast of All Saints.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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