Mission to name war dead found in Flanders

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Military forensic experts are trying to identify the bodies of six British soldiers found in a Flanders field 96 years after they fell in battle during the First World War.

They were uncovered last month after a farmer's plough snagged on human remains in a potato field near the town of Comines-Warneton.

The men had been buried in their greatcoats, probably after being killed in action during fierce fighting near Ploegsteert forest in November 1914, during the First Battle of Ypres, said Didier Pontzeele, of Belgium's Veteran's Institute.

Excavations were completed two weeks ago but the men have only now been identified as British.

Using regimental insignia, military historians have determined that two were Lancashire Fusiliers and two were from the King's Own Regiment.

The regiments of the others remain unidentified....

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