Dedication of the Headstone for Francesco D’ Inverno

Francesco D'Inverno was one of the 805 people who died when the SS Arandorra Star was attacked and sunk by a German U boat west of County Donegal on July 2, 1940. Like many Italians living in Britain at the start of WWII he was detained and became an “internee.” He was subsequently chosen to be deported to Canada and it was during this fateful journey on the Arandorra Star that he lost his life.
Francesco's body was found washed ashore near Lendalfoot, by a local 9 year old boy, Sandy Ferguson, on 20th August 1940 but it took more than 80 years for him to be identified. Francesco’s body was buried few months after his death in an unmarked grave in Girvan’s Doune cemetery. 
Recent research by the Girvan and District Great War Project the exact location of the grave was located and  it was confirmed that grave contained the sole remains of Mr Francesco D'Inverno, born in Villa Latina, Lazio, Italy in 1901.The group also  managed to track down three surviving members of Francesco's family, all of them living in Kent and on Wednesday 17th April they all came together with the Lord-Lieutenant, the Provost of South Ayrshire and other local dignitaries to dedicate a new headstone to Mr D’Inverno.
The Lord Lieutenant expresses her sincere thanks to everyone concerned in this matter and is pleased that it finally brings closure for the family.