Remains of soldiers from the First World War are still being found as the land is farmed, and construction works spring up.
Here is some information about burials and rededication ceremonies are due to be held at CWGC cemeteries in September.
Ceremonial burial - Wednesday 6 September
A ceremonial burial will be held on Wednesday 6 September at 11am at CWGC Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium, for an unknown First World War soldier of the Worcestershire Regiment. He was found in a field near Waterstraat in Zonnebeke, Belgium, with artefact of the Worcestershire Regiment. Despite research it has been impossible to identify him. The service is being organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) and will be attended by Regimental representatives, local dignitaries and the general public. The CWGC will prepare the burial plot, provide the headstone and maintain the grave in perpetuity.
Rededication service - Wednesday 6 September
A rededication service will be held on Wednesday 6 September at 2.30pm at the CWGC’s Zantvoorde British Cemetery, Belgium, for Serjeant James Joseph McLynn of the 4th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. His regiment was fighting near the village of Zantvoorde and due to their efforts managed to capture it. On 1 October 1918, they were at Ten Brielen (a neighbouring village) when they were heavily shelled resulting in several casualties, one of which was James. He was originally buried as an unknown soldier in Plot 4, Row K, Grave 24 but through research has now been identified. The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) and will be attended by members of the regiment, local dignitaries, general public and his family. The CWGC will be providing the new headstone.
Rededication service - Wednesday 13 September
A rededication service will be held on Wednesday 13 September at 11am at CWGC Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands, for Lance Corporal William Loney, The Parachute Regiment A.A.C. L/Cpl Loney was killed on 17 September 1944 during intense fighting as part of Operation Market Garden, which was an allied operation that planned to land 30,000 British and American troops behind enemy lines to capture the eight bridges that spanned the network of canals and rivers on the Dutch/German border. Research submitted by the Royal Netherland Army’s Recovery & Identification Unit has led to William’s grave being identified after 72 years.
The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) and will be attended by members of the British and Dutch military, local dignitaries and the general public. The CWGC will be providing the new headstone.
Ceremonial burial - Thursday 28 September
A ceremonial burial will be held on Thursday 28 September at 11am at the CWGC’s New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium, for 21 unidentified soldiers of the First World War, who served with various British Regiments. The soldiers were found following ground work at an industrial development at Briekestraat, Ypres, Belgium. The site is thought to be a war time cemetery, in all likelihood the original Irish Farm site, created by the Army under war conditions. It was believed at the time that all of the burials had been transferred to New Irish Farm, some 300 meters away. Through investigation it has been established that of the 21 British soldiers, four served with the Essex Regiment, two with the Royal Fusiliers, one with the Monmouthshire Regiment, one with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, one with the Northumberland Regiment, one with the Royal Irish Regiment and 11 are “Known Unto God”. Unusually the ceremony will, therefore, involve the burial of casualties from English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh regiments.
The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) and will be attended by senior staff of the British Defence section, regimental representatives, local dignitaries and the general public. The CWGC will prepare the burial plots, provide the headstones and maintain the graves in perpetuity.
Thank you to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for all you continue to do to honour and respect our fallen heroes.