Putting names to the lost soldiers of Fromelles
Boots, purses, toothbrushes and other personal artefacts lay amongst the twisted skeletons at Pheasant Wood, offering partial clues about the men's identities.
But it is the unique genetic codes within these remains that offer the best chance of putting names to each unknown soldier.
So far, more than 800 UK families who think they may have lost a relative at Fromelles have given DNA samples, but many will be disappointed.
The man whose job it is to help identify the soldiers says it is like finding a needle in a haystack, albeit with a very good metal detector.
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