100 years later, war work goes on

Serving soldiers honour Polish Second World War serviceman Jan Skuliniec

The task of identifying World War One soldiers and giving their remains a dignified burial continues

A century after the end of World War One, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission still recovers the remains of soldiers every year and gives them a formal burial.

Remarkably, they can identify some of those they find who died and were left on the battlefield.

Steve Arnold (pictured, left), the commission’s horticulture technical manager, said: “Officially I am in charge of dealing with maintaining lawns and flowerbeds, but I also recover remains.

“I’m not the only one, there are six or seven of us, but there aren’t many qualified people.

“We recover around 40 soldiers a year. Usually people are doing building work or de-mining prior to putting up a building and find bones, so they stop work and call either the police or us and we take over.”

De-mining is necessary because there is ...

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