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British World War One Soldiers Are Finally Laid To Rest

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Nineteen unknown British soldiers who lost their lives during WWI have finally been laid to rest.

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The comrades in arms have found their final resting place at the New Irish Farm Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium.

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Somewhat unusually, the ceremony involved soldiers from English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Regiments.

The service was conducted by The Reverend Iori Price CF, Chaplain to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment whilst Local piper, Pierre Dervaux, lead the procession into the cemetery.

Local children came to lay wreaths on the graves of the deceased.

The bodies of the soldiers were uncovered following groundwork at an industrial development at Briekestraat, Ypres in Belgium.

Unknown Soldier

The site is an original wartime cemetery, created by the army under war conditions.

Investigations undertaken by the JCCC established that of the 19 soldiers:

  • 4 served with the Essex Regiment
  • 1 with the Monmouthshire Regiment
  • 1 with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
  • 1 with the Northumberland Regiment
  • 1 with the Royal Irish Regiment

The remaining 11 soldiers were buried as ‘Known Unto God’; the traditional grave marker of the unknown soldier.

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