Saturday, 15 April 2006

The ghosts of Ypres past return

The BBC is reporting that a group of amateur historians have found the remains of three soldiers from the First World War. Although two of the bodies bore no identification, a third was found with a badly corroded tag which they deciphered as number, 8372, and a surname, Lancaster. He is provisionally identified as Private Richard Lancaster, of the Lancashire Fusiliers. Based on information from the 1901 census, they believe he was born in Preston in 1883 and died on 10 November 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres.

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