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WWI soldiers laid to rest.

Discussion in 'Prewar' started by Peter Clare, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    The remains of two World War I soldiers who were killed in action in France nearly 100 years ago are to be laid to rest at a military cemetery later.
    The remains of Lt John Pritchard and Pte Christopher Douglas Elphick were discovered in 2009 by a French farmer clearing his field.
    The men were killed on 15 May, 1917, during an enemy attack near Bullecourt.
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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Just watching it now on BBC News channel.
  3. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    As I was, and most moving too.

    Next year there will be many ceremonies to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Great War and I've no doubt there will be similar scenes enacted in France and Belgium.

  4. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    Hope it's on the news again this evening. Can't stream the clip on the BBC website (just our poor down load speed). Hope they can rest in peace now.
  5. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    And now they can rest in peace :poppy:
  6. Rav4

    Rav4 Senior Member

  7. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Fantastic to see two soldiers buried with full honours.
    The story of Pritchard's sword being returned from America is amazing.
    Whe I first saw Elphick's picture on the BBC news I thought his cap-badge was Grenadier Guards (and the Guards were present at the funeral) so was surprised to see they were both HAC. Am I missing something?
  8. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Both were identified by personal jewellery which was initialled.

    Just a pity that the other two could not be positively identified.

    I also agree about the returned sword being an amazing story to read.

    Yes, it is a moving experience attending a Military Burial with full honours.


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