Reburial of British Soldiers took place at HAC Cemetery, France
23 April 2013
Almost 100 years after they were killed in action, Lieutenant
John Harold Pritchard and Private Christopher Douglas Elphick of
The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) were re-interred in the
H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein near Arras in
France. Seven unidentified soldiers were
also re-interred during two ceremonies.
The ceremonies took place in the morning on Tuesday 23
April 2013, when the HAC accorded them with full military
honours. During the first ceremony, the remains of five
unknown soldiers were re-interred in the HAC Cemetery. In the
second ceremony Lt Pritchard and Pvt Elphick were buried
together with another two unidentified soldiers of the HAC.
The remains of the soldiers from the First World War were
discovered during farming activities in August 2009 in Bullecourt,
France. Based on objects recovered with the remains, including unit
insignia as well as the location of the find, the remains were
accepted as that of British soldiers that probably died
during the second battle of Bullecourt.
The service was attended by both Lt Pritchard's and Pte
Elphick's families and HRH Prince Michael of Kent who is
Honorary Regimental Colonel of the Honourable Artillery