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Reburials of First World War Soldiers in Belgium

29 March 2016

Services will take place in Belgium next week to rebury and honour a number of unknown First World soldiers who died almost a century ago.

On Tuesday 5 April at 09:30 hours at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Derry House Cemetery No 2, near Ieper, three unknown soldier will be laid to rest.
The soldiers were discovered in a farmer's field in Wijtschate. Their ranks, dates of death and their regiments are unknown.

At 14:30 hours at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission New Irish Farm Cemetery near Ieper, four unknown soldiers will be buried. The remains of the four British soldiers were discovered during an archaeological dig.

Of the four, one is of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB), one from the Rifle Brigade and one from the Royal West Kent Regiment. It is not known which unit the fourth soldier served with. Their ranks and their dates of death are unknown.

Both services will be attended by regimental and local representatives, the MOD's Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and the CWGC.