Unknown soldier laid to rest 101 years on
AN unidentified British soldier who died in the First World War was laid to rest with full military honours.
The body of the man, who served in the Lancashire Fusiliers regiment, was buried alongside two Australian soldiers yesterday in Ypres, Belgium.
A ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Tyne Cot Cemetery was attended by representatives from the regiment, dignitaries and crowds of members of the public. The British soldier’s coffin was draped in a Union flag with a wreath of poppies laid on top alongside a belt and hat of the regiment.
After hymns, prayers and music, a firing salute was conducted by the Royal Regiment and the Australian Army as the coffins were interred.
Research suggests the British soldier may have been killed on October 9, 1917, when he was aged between 23 and 29 in the Battle of Passchendaele, which took place 101 years ago between July and November 1917.
The bodies of the three comrades were found lying side-by-side in May 2016 when water works were carried out on a road near the cemetery. A pencil engraved with the name of Eagley
Cricket Club, near Bolton, was found next to the British soldier, along with epaulettes of the regiment and clothing.
The coffin of an unknown British soldier arrives at Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium