Finding the missing

Last week I wrote about how the Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemorates each First and Second World War casualty with either a grave or memorial inscription (‘Remembering each casualty’).  

This week saw the burial of Private Richard Lancaster whose remains were identified after being discovered during an archaeological dig in Ypres last year.  Pte Lancaster was killed on 10 November 1914 and his body was not recovered.

Read about the funeral from BBC NEWS

Following his burial in Prowse Point Military cemetery on Wednesday, Pte Lancaster’s name will now be removed from the Ploegstreet memorial to the missing.  This has been noted on his CWGC record, which now reads,

Also commemorated on Panel 4 of the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium – to be removed when the panel is next replaced.”


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