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WWI soldiers reburied in Flanders

Published 16/04/2015 | 15:46

Soldiers carry the casket of a First World War soldier during a reburial ceremony at Prowse Point cemetery in Ploegsteert, Belgium (AP)
Soldiers carry the casket of a First World War soldier during a reburial ceremony at Prowse Point cemetery in Ploegsteert, Belgium (AP)

Six British servicemen have been reburied in Flanders Fields over a century after they died in the chaotic first months of the First World War.

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The six unknown soldiers received a service with full military honours.

Their bodies were found half a dozen years ago in farmland in the surroundings of Ypres where several of the war's biggest battles were fought.

Two were identified as coming from Lancashire Fusiliers and two from the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

They are believed to have died on the battlefield in October 1914 at a time when German and British forces faced off in ferocious battles as the frontline of the 1914-1918 war was formed.

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