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‘Race To The Sea’ Soldiers To Be Reburied

07 October 2014

Fifteen British First World War casualties are to be reburied at CWGC Y Farm Cemetery at a ceremony in France on 22 October 2014, one hundred years after they were killed during an offensive close to the border with Belgium.

The soldiers were serving in the 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, when they were caught in German machine gun fire during an offensive down the Lys Valley. 835 men who died in the First World War are currently buried or commemorated at the cemetery, named after nearby Wye Farm in the village of Bois Grenier.

The Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Defence Business Services have organised the burials. Eleven have been identified through DNA and will be buried with the four unknown soldiers at 11.30hrs on 22 Oct 2014 at Y Farm Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Bois Grenier. The fifteen men have, up until now, been commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial near Ieper, Belgium. DNA analysis continues but those identified so far are:

Private Herbert Ernest Allcock
Private John Brameld
Private William Butterworth
Corporal Francis Carr Dyson
Private Walter Ellis
Private John Jarvis
Private Leonard Arthur Morley
Private Ernest Oxer
Private John Richmond
Private William Alfred Singyard
Lance Corporal William Henry Warr

The 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment will provide support with the Commanding Officer, padre, pall bearers, firing party and a military band.  Also present will be many family members of the named soldiers along with relatives of those lost but yet to be identified. Plus representatives from the British Embassy in Paris, York and Lancaster Regiment, CWGC, JCCC and the Royal British Legion.

The general public are most welcome to attend however, there is a limited amount of parking available close to the site.