96 years

That’s how long it ‘s taken for 2 families whose relatives were killed in World War One to be able to lay them to rest. The BBC News website has the full story of Lt John Pritchard & Pte Christopher Douglas Elphick of the Honourable Artillery Company who along with 2 other unidentified HAC soldiers were found in 2009 near Bullecourt in France. Unlike so many of the soldiers who died and have no known grave these men now have a headstone commemorating their life and sacrifice.
Many of the cemeteries & memorials in the areas we will be visiting in France in May on the Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride commemorate those with no known grave and these are very poignant places to visit. If you ever get chance to visit this part of France turn off the main roads and you will stumble across cemeteries of all sizes impeccably cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
If you want to know more about World War 1 you can do no better than read World War One – A Layman’s Guide by Scott Addington. It’s a great book available on Kindle from Amazon. I’ve previously posted a review on the book and if you comment on my post you could win an exclusive hard copy of the book kindly donated by Scott.
Thanks for reading
Si

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