Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood has praised the courage and sacrifice of the First World War generation at a moving reburial service in Flanders…

Ahead of the centenary of the First World War, the Minister attended the burial of an unknown British soldier of the Lancashire Fusiliers, alongside current serving members of the Fusiliers.

The service was organised by MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC, part of Defence Business Services) and held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Tyne Cot Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium. Two unknown Australian soldiers who were found alongside their British comrade were also commemorated.

Tobias Ellwood said: “We owe these soldiers a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice and it is fitting that we can at last give them a deserved military burial here in Belgium. As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, it is a poignant and timely reminder of the bravery of our Armed Forces.”

Tracey Bowers, JCCC said: “It is right and fitting that this Fusilier is finally laid to rest alongside his Australian comrades and they have been given a dignified burial. Although over 100 years since they paid the ultimate sacrifice we will always remember them.”

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