Re-burial at Loos
14 March 2014
Twenty British soldiers who died during the First World War are
buried with full military honours. The reb-burial was held for
Private William McAleer and 19 unknown British soldiers at Loos
British Cemetery on 14 March 2014.
The servicemen were laid to rest in Plot 20, Row G, Graves
20 - 26 of the cemetery almost a hundred years after they
died. The service has been organised by the MOD, whose
representatives also attended the ceremony.
"You can't describe the feeling of finding a casualty and seeing
the headstone, and saying: 'I think we made a difference,'"
said Carl Liversage, a CWGC representative in France.
The remains of the 20 British servicemen were uncovered in a
communal grave in Vendin Le Vieil, France. The remains of 30 German
soldiers were also found in close proximity and were handed over to
the German authorities.
Due to the presence of regimental insignia, the allocation of
some of the remains to specific regiments was possible: seven of
the Royal Scots Fusiliers, two of the Queen's Own Cameron
Highlanders, one of the Northumberland Fusiliers and one of the
York and Lancaster Regiment.
Nine soldiers remain completely unknown. Due to the high
casualties in the regiments involved and the lack of personal
artefacts, further identification has been impossible. Only one of
the soldiers had an identity tag, and this was 13766 Private
William McAleer of the 7th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers. All the
aforementioned regiments will send representatives to the