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Reburial of NZ soldier at Messines Ridge

07 February 2013

A reburial service for an unknown New Zealand soldier was held on Monday 25 February at the Messines Ridge British Cemetery in Mesen.

The remains of the unknown soldier from the First World War were discovered during excavations in April 2012 in Mesen, West Flanders. Based on objects recovered with the remains, including unit insignia as well as the location of the find, the remains were accepted in August 2012 as that of an unidentified New Zealand soldier.

 The Rev Brian Llewellyn, of St George's Church, Ypres, led the service as more than 200 people, including New Zealand's Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, and New Zealand's Ambassador to Belgium, Paula Wilson, came to pay their respects.

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