The burial of a British soldier 90 years after his death





The burial of a British soldier 90 years after his death reminds us that World War I remains are still being found, although few are identified, says military historian Peter Caddick-Adams.

"The earth of the Somme and Ypres gives up its dead reluctantly, but every year bones are uncovered by farmers or builders going about their work.

Private Lancaster with son Richard, who later fought in World War II
It is a rare event when the remains can be identified, even as British, French or German. Rarer still are the times that a name can be confidently attached to the find.

The burial yesterday in Belgium of Private Richard Lancaster of the Lancashire Fusiliers was one of those unusual occasions."


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