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Burial of Unidentified WW1 Soldiers

30 September 2015

Unidentified Soldier of the Royal Irish Rifles.

The burial of an unknown World War 1 Soldier of the Royal Irish Rifles will take place at CWGC Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, France. The remains were discovered during road-widening work near the Ulster Memorial Tower. Despite extensive research by the Regiment and the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), the Soldier could not be identified. The Soldier will be buried as a Soldier of the Great War, Royal Irish Rifles, Known unto God.

Unidentified Soldier of the Cambridgeshire Regt.

The burial of an unknown World War 1 Soldier of the Cambridgeshire Regiment will take place at CWGC Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, France. The remains were discovered during road-widening work near Albert, France. Accompanying military insignia indicated the remains were of a soldier of the Cambridgeshire Regt. Despite detailed research by JCCC and the Regiment, it has not been possible to identify the Soldier. The Soldier will be buried as a Soldier of the Great War, Cambridgeshire Regt, Known unto God.

Both burials will take place on Thursday 8 October 2015 at 1100 hrs combined with the burial service of Sergeant D H BLAKEY MM, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. The service will be conducted by the Revd Robert J Birnie CF, Chaplain to 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment. It will be attended by representatives of the Royal Irish Regiment, the Royal Anglian Regiment, UK Defence Staff and local dignitaries. The burial has been arranged by the Ministry of Defence JCCC Commemorations' Team with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission organising grave preparation and headstone manufacture and installation.