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The remains of ten First World War soldiers have been identified after their surviving relatives provided DNA samples.

The soldiers, identified as serving with the 2nd Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment, were found back in 2009 during construction work near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny.


Killed in battle on the 18th October 1914, the soldiers can finally be laid to rest 100 years after the outbreak of the war.

According to sources, the soldiers will be reburied with full military honours at a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in October. The ceremony will be organised by 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, which can trace its history back to the York and Lancaster Regiment. Work to identify a further five sets of remains found at the same time is continuing.

Lord Astor said: “Our thoughts remain with all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. Although these soldiers fell almost a century ago, the Ministry of Defence still takes its responsibility extremely seriously to identify any remains found, trace and inform surviving relatives, and to provide a fitting and dignified funeral so they rest in peace.”


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