A professional footballer killed at the Battle of Arnhem is being honoured 75 years on.

Sapper Sidney Gueran was buried in an unmarked grave and his family have never been able to pay their respects.

But the former Southampton star will be commemorated at a ceremony for fallen heroes of the 1944 assault next week. His niece Anne Wilton will be at the 75th anniversary event.

The 65-year-old, from Cliftonville, Kent, said: “Sid had so much life and success ahead of him had he returned. But he died a hero.

“My grandparents, Sid’s parents, were never able to go to Arnhem.

Sidney's sister-in-law Jean Gueran with his niece Anne Wilton
Sidney played for Southampton, and had also been on the books of Arsenal and Exeter

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“I cannot imagine how dreadful that was for them, spending the rest of their lives grieving for their son who has no known grave. But I will be there on their behalf and I will stand on the spot where he died and honour him from his family who will never forget him.”

Sid, from Grays, Essex, was on Arsenal’s books at 18 before going on loan to the Saints in the late 30s and then Exeter.

He joined the Royal Engineers when war started before moving to the Parachute Regiment.

Sid was one of 10,000 paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines near Dutch town Arnhem in ­Operation Market Garden. He was shot dead, aged 27, while trying to secure a bridge over the Rhine.

The operation, portrayed in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far, was a disaster with almost 2,000 allied troops killed.