The remains of a British soldier believed to have been blown up by a German mortar during the Second World War have been found by a metal detector enthusiast on a remote Italian hillside.
Officials are now trying to establish the identity of the serviceman – who is thought to be from the UK because his bones were found next to dozens of British Army issue bullets.
The skeleton was found in undergrowth close to the site where two other sets of remains – also identified as British servicemen – were discovered last year.
Pasquale Capozzolo found the skeleton on a hillside at Pellezzano, above the town of Amalfi, a picturesque coastal town popular with British holidaymakers and the scene of the bloodiest fighting.
The bones were discovered after Mr Capozzolo’s metal detector ‘pinged’. He dug down to discover dozens of British Army issue bullets which were in use with troops for the standard issue 303 Lee Enfield rifle.
Mr Capozzolo said: ‘I found the skeleton about half a metre or so down in the earth.
‘It hadn’t been buried and from the way the bones were scattered it looked as if he had been hit by an explosion. There was shrapnel around which was German so it looks as if he was hit by a shell.