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On September 3, 1943, the Allies invaded the italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on Allied side. Commonwealth and American forces landend near Salerno in early September 1943 and fierce fighting ensued. In the morning of February 20, 2014, the members of "Salerno 1943" association, Luigi Fortunato, Pierpaolo Irpino, Angelo Martucciello, Matteo Pirro and Gigino Vitolo, during a compaign of research on the "Hill 270" in Pellizzano a suburb the Salerno city, they found almost close to one another the remains of two English soldiers. Three years later, thanks to Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) the DNA testing was performed. The soldiers was identified and establish their identity. It's about the Guardsman Joseph Goulden and the Private Guardsman Raymond Frederick Rose. They were e killed between 24 and 25 September 1943, during the clashes that took place on the "Hill 270" in Pellizzano a suburb the Salerno city. A ring, buckles, buttons and the frieze of the Coldstream Guards Regiment are the objects found by members of "Salerno 1943", next to the remains of the Private Guardsman Raymond Frederick Rose. On 5th October 1942 he joined the Coldstream Guards at Gloucester where he was given the number: 2665459. He went straight to war where he served in North Africa and later in Salerno. He took part in the "Avalanche" operation and landed at 8.00 on 9 September on the Battipaglia coast where he remained to combat until 18 September. From 20 to 23, the Coldstream Guards found themselves struggling on the road to Avellino and then on Capezzano's head on "Hill 270" where Raymond Frederick Rose lost his life. The most surprising thing from the study of bones of Private Guardsman Raymond Frederick Rose, it was found that the soldier was underage, between 16 and 18 years. Thanks to the comparison with the list of missing soldiers, the youngest soldier was 19 and was named Raymond Frederick Rose. He introduced himself as a volunteer to defend his nation and lied on the real age to be enrolled. On november 23, 2017 in War Cemetery of Salerno at the presence of: a Reverend of 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, a rappresentance of Soldiers of 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, the relatives of Guardsman Joseph Goulden and the Private Guardsman Raymond Frederick Rose, "Salerno 1943" Association, and a rappresentace of British Government and Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a memorial ceremony was celebrated and new headstones were installed with the names of the soldiers.