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Rest In peace, WWI Soldiers

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Elizabethofseasons Report 24 Apr 2013 00:08

Dear All


The bodies of two World War I soldiers who were killed in action in France
on 15 May 1917, have finally been laid to rest at a military cemetery.

Lt John Pritchard and Pte Christopher Douglas Elphick were discovered
in 2009 by a farmer clearing his field.

Descendants of the two soldiers attended the ceremony in which the men were given full military honours.

The families were presented with the flag covering the coffins, as well as
Lt Pritchard's identity bracelet and Pte Elphick's signet ring - the items which had identified them.

Lt Pritchard's family were also given his officer's sword by an American collector who had come across the sword in the US, and donated it back to his family.

Two further sets of remains, which could not be identified, were re-interred at the same time as "HAC soldiers known unto God".


This story has inspired many family researchers to hope that their loved ones
can be found and buried.


About one million British and Commonwealth soldiers were killed during WWI.

On one memorial in France, over 34,000 soldiers have a grave with a headstone
and the words "A soldier known unto God".

Over 80,000 German soldiers have never been identified.


May all those who were killed now be at peace and
may we never forget their sacrifice.

Take gentle care
Sincere wishes


SueMaid Report 24 Apr 2013 00:19

May they all rest in peace - lest we forget.

I am fortunate in that I know where my great grandfather and my father's cousin lie at rest.


CupCakes Report 24 Apr 2013 07:19

Found the whole story very moving - RIP


Elizabethofseasons Report 24 Apr 2013 22:55

Dear SueMaid and Nana Sue


Thank you for adding to the post.

Very best wishes


Allan Report 24 Apr 2013 23:21

Today (25th) is ANZAC Day in Australia. Many parades of soldiers and relatives of serviceman.

Many of the Parades will be at dawn (the time now in WA)

One of the most poignant services will be the dawn service in Albany WA. For many WW1 soldiers Albany was their last sight of Australia before heading to Gallipoli. Albany was also the site of one of the very first dawn services in Australia following WW1

That is one dawn service which I very much want to attend


Elizabethofseasons Report 24 Apr 2013 23:31

Dear Mr Allan


Sending you and our Australian cousins caring thoughts
as you commerate Anzac Day.

If you are going to a service, travel safely.

Take gentle care
Sincere wishes
EOS, in London