In early May this year Rainhill Civic Society were contacted by a lady from Belgrade called Ivana Mihailovic asking if we could help to find out what had happened to her grandfathers body after he died in Rainhill Hospital. She explained that the reference to Rainhill Hospital was all she had. Her grandfathers name was Alexander Nincic and he served in the Royal Yugoslavian Navy in WW2.Armed with only this information I contacted a "WW1" historian acquaintance and he kindly did some research. He was back to me within 12 hours with chapter and verse on Alexander. His reply was very comprehensive and lengthy so I will précis it. It appears the Alexander joined up in 1941 and served on a torpedo boat,however when Germany invaded Yugoslavia he and his comrades made their escape to England where he continued to serve in the RYN under the command of the British Royal Navy. In 1943 he suffered severe injury to his chest and was taken to a Military Hospital in Malta and subsequently to a Hospital in Southport and then Rainhill Hospital where there was an annexe where ill and injured Naval personnel were treated. Sadly he developed tuberculosis and died after which he was buried in St.Helens Cemetary with a headstone similar to but not quite the same as a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone. Thanks to Marlene Downey from Friends of St.Helens Cemetary Alwxanders and staff at the Crem Office,Alexanders headstone was found in a plot at the top of the hill near Lord Harrys Bridge. Marlene kindly took some photos and I e mailed them to Ivana along with details about her Grandfather. As you can imagine she was overwhelmed and couldn't thank us enough. OnSaturday I visited the grave along with my wife and laid some Xmas flowers with a card on which I wrote on Ivans behalf " Grandad, missing you at Christmas, Ivana" I also cleaned up the headstone.There were other flowers and a poppy cross on the grave which I assume were put there by Marlene Downey. I took some photos and e mailed them to Ivana. She has applied for a visa and will be visiting St.Helens in February 2017 to visit Alexanders grave,we look forward to meeting her.