A DUTCH woman is looking for information on a Second World War veteran who died in the Netherlands.

Gerrie Franken from Heijen, the Netherlands, got in touch with the Star for help in searching for relatives of James Sephton, who died on February 16 1945. She says her father used to tend to his grave.

Gerrie said: “He was 19 years old and lived in St Helens, Lancashire. His unit was 3rd Battalion Irish Guards. James fell next to my father’s house and my father always took care of his grave until he was taken to the British War Cemetery in Mook, The Netherlands.

“I would like to have a photo of James and come into contact with relatives of him. I still have the original cross and his helmet in my possession. St Helens family history society have helped me already to get this information which I hope will help people find the correct James.

“His name was James Sephton born 1926 in St Helens and his birth is registered in Prescot.

“His mother’ s maiden name is Leather. His parents William Sephton and Mary Leather married at Parish Church on January 25 1905 and their known children taken from attached 1911 census and 1939 register are Minnie born 1907, Eric born 1908, John born 1910, Walter born 1922 then two children blanked out, one will be James born 1926 and another unknown.”

n Does anyone have any information that could help Gerrie? If so email news@sthelensstar.co.uk