One man's mystery leads to the graves of the forgotten

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  1. diddyriddick

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    WOW! That is amazing! What a find. Thank you for sharing Diddyriddick.:thumbright: :salute:
     
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    That really is so cool. Great post!
     
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    Amazing find! Thanks for sharing. :salute:
     
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    Excellent find!
     
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    That sort of thing probably happens more often than we think of. With 10 Million dead in 4 years, there's got to be a millions of unknown graves out there.
     
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    Many will simply never be found - hundreds of thousands of Commonwealth troops have been missing ever since the Somme (Frommelles was part of that campaign). Many thousands more, like those in the Verdun Ossuary, will never be identified. It's sad to think these brave men will never have a personal memorial :salute:
     
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    Two of the 3 of my great uncles killed in WW1 have no known grave. All 3 were brothers. One was a boy soldier and 2 died less than 2 weeks apart at Vimy.
     
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    Yep. And (according to the documentary "For King And Country" with Norm Christie) about 70% of known WWI graves are of unidentified soldiers, being listed simply as "A soldier of the Great War".

    By the way, with the new scientific developments with DNA, has anyone ever thought about opening those "unidentified" coffins and test the bodies in them ?
     
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    :salute: Welcome home, boys. :salute:
     
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    I think the barrier is cost. I would personally love to see that done and to give all of these men a proper memorial. But the time and expense would be huge. And there would still, tragically, be many whose remains were never recovered or who were lost at sea, whose final resting place will never be known with complete certainty.
     
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    Finally, they're coming home! :salute:
     
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    Here's the latest news from Fromelles -

    Fromelles prepares to remember fallen Australians - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
     
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    Good post....

    Charles
     
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    This is was really good. Am going to have to go back and find out some more now!
    Dee
     
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