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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 Company.