British WW I soldier's body discovered in France

2nd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

HORDAIN, France, June 2 (AFP) - The remains of a British soldier thought to have been killed in the last month of World War I were discovered Thursday on an archaeological site in northern France, a historian said.

HORDAIN, France, June 2 (AFP) - The remains of a British soldier thought to have been killed in the last month of World War I were discovered Thursday on an archaeological site in northern France, a historian said.  

Philippe Jorczynski, who was digging on the site in an industrial zone at Hordain, near the Belgium border, said the skeleton was found lying face down and in good condition.   Parts of a boot, a belt, and uniform buttons were also found, he said.  

Jorczynski said the soldier probably belonged to the 51st Highland Division, which arrived in the area in October 1918 to take part in the pursuit of the retreating German army which ended in an armistice a month later.

 

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