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Reburial at Prowse Point Cemetery

16 April 2015

100 years after they were killed in action in October 1914, six unknown British servicemen of the First World War were re-interred today at ‪Prowse Point Military Cemetery near Ieper, Belgium.

The service took place this morning (16 April) at 10:00 hrs (local time).

The six individuals - two from the Lancashire Fusiliers, two from the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, and two unidentified British soldiers - were reburied with full military honours by servicemen from the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the 1st Battalion The Duke Of Lancaster's Regiment.

A copy or the Order of Service is available here.

Prowse Point Military Cemetery is unique on the Salient for being named after an individual. It is the site of the stand by the 1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment and the 1st Bn. Somerset Light Infantry in October 1914, which featured the heroism of a Major Charles Prowse. Later, as Brigadier-General C.B. Prowse, DSO (Somerset Light Infantry), he would be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, whilst commanding the 11th Infantry Brigade. He is buried in Louvencourt Military Cemetery.

The cemetery was begun by the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the 1st Royal Warwicks, and was used from November 1914 to April 1918. It currently contains 225 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Click here to acess a copy or the official MOD press release.