DNA needed to identify WWI Lancashire Fusiliers

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A military museum in Bury is hoping to solve the mystery of three Lancashire Fusiliers killed in Belgium in 1914.

The bodies were among six found by a French archeologist in Le Touquet, a village south of Ypres, in November.

Officials from the Lancashire Fusiliers Museum believe the three men are from Wigan and Manchester.

But before they can be given a full military funeral, experts need to trace the soldiers' relatives to confirm their identities through DNA checks.

Documents held by the museum suggest the three men - Henry Pulford, Edgar Parkinson and James Rowan - were buried near the village.

All three had been out in the region for a few months in the early stages of World War I in 1914....

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