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He Came In War And Shared The Peace

Frank Edward King was born in London in 1922 and arrived in Sicily in July 1943, landing at Syracuse with the British Eighth Army troops under the command of General Montgomery. For the young officer,Sicilywas love at first sight, despite the dangers of 39 days of hard battle to free the island from the Nazis.

After the war, he decided to settle permanently in Sicily, without severing his ties of allegiance to England. In 1946 he narried Virginia Giudice and in 1960 The Duke of Nelson offered him the administration of estates of Bronte Castle and its lands. After the hardships of the war years: the castle and the park were returned to their former glory, thanks to the determination of this "English-Sicilian". He was the last administrator of the Duchy.

From1981, Frank King efficiently dedicated much of his time to the duties of churchwarden of St. George’s,Taormina. In 1992 he was awarded the MBE in recognition of his outstanding professional and religious achievements order. He died in September 2003.

Recently, Canon James Duxbury, who is serving as locum chaplain in Taormina, led a dedication service for a new brass memorial plaque in memory of Frank King M.B.E., church warden from 1981 – 1998. His daughter, Stella, kindly donated the plaque and attended the service with Frank’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Taormina historic group

Picture from March 1969- The last administrator of the Duchy, Frank Edward King, with his collaborators