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Unnamed British Soldiers From WWI Get New Burial

The inhabitants of a grave full of unidentified British soldiers were re-buried in France

Twenty British soldiers found in a common grave in 2010 were re-buried on Friday with full military honors in the part of northern France where they died during World War I.

The men were killed in the 1915 Battle of Loos, with only one being identified, as Private William McAleer, the Associated Press reports. It was not possible to identify the rest. During the ceremony on Friday, representatives were present from the British regiments the soldiers were linked to.

The bodies were only discovered when the grave was found by construction workers building a new prison in an area east of Loos-en-Gohelle in northern France. It also contained 30 German soldiers and was thought to have been dug by the German side during the war. More than 700,000 soldiers killed in the conflict were never found, but remains still appear regularly along the 600-kilometer route comprising the former Western Front.

[AP]

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