Australian WWI troops to be buried in France

19th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

SYDNEY, April 19 (AFP) - The remains of four Australian World War One soldiers whose grave was uncovered by a farmer will be laid to rest in France on Friday at a service attended by Australia's army chief, the defence department said Tuesday.

SYDNEY, April 19 (AFP) - The remains of four Australian World War One soldiers whose grave was uncovered by a farmer will be laid to rest in France on Friday at a service attended by Australia's army chief, the defence department said Tuesday.

"These soldiers died in service to their nation and it is fitting that we gather to remember them and formally pay tribute to their bravery and sacrifice," army chief Lieutenant General Leahy said in a department statement.

In March 2003 a farmer near Merris in northern France discovered the skeletal remains of the four soldiers in a communal grave.

Historical research and forensic investigation in both countries identified two of them as Lieutenant Christopher Henry Duncan Champion and Corporal Ernest Corby.

The other two have not been identified and will be laid to rest as "unknown Australian soldiers."

The remains will be reinterred at a cemetery near Merris, with at least two of Corby's family members attending. No next of kin have been found for Champion.

The men were killed in action on the Western Front in April 1918.

© AFP

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