Un­known sol­dier laid to rest 101 years on

Warwickshire Telegraph - - WE WILL REMEMBER THEM -

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

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