UK's literary memorial to unknown dead

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They were unnamed and forgotten: soldiers who gave their lives for their country but whose last resting place could not be identified.

But for one man’s vision 90 years ago, 1,700,000 dead or missing soldiers from both world wars would have faded into history with nothing to mark their sacrifice.

Major-General Sir Fabian Ware was the driving force behind the establishment of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which is about to celebrate its 90th anniversary. It received its royal charter on May 21, 1917.

Next week the commission will publish an illustrated history of its work to mark the moment when men who were killed in war were no longer labelled automatically as unknown soldiers.

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