WWI soldiers reburied in France

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Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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Eleven British casualties of the First World War who got a name and family history using DNA have been officially reburied with some of their descendants in attendance.

Today’s solemn ceremony highlighted how current-day identification technology can make a difference for families who never knew what happened to their ancestors.

The soldiers were serving with the York and Lancaster Regiment and killed by the Germans in northern France 100 years ago this month.

Their remains, along with four others who were also reburied today, were found in a field there five years ago.

Walter Oxer was at the ceremony and said his father always had questions about the fate of his grandfather, Private Ernest Oxer.

Mr Oxer said that his father “always wondered where his father was and he knew nothing about it. He was just an unknown soldier”, adding the belated discovery was “unbelievable”.

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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