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One hundred years after they were killed in action 6 World War 1 soldiers have been laid to rest.

 

20 April 2016, Gunners Joseph William Rowbottom and Albert William Venus along with the remains of 4 other unknown soldiers of the Great War were laid to rest more than 100 years after they were killed in action.

 

The military burial took place at Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Ypres Town Cemetery Extension, Ypres, Belgium close to where their remains were found. Six sets of remains were discovered in April 2013 in Ypres along with shoulder titles from North and East Riding Batteries, Royal Field Artillery (RFA).

 

Research pinpointed the 2nd Northumbrian Brigade Royal Field Artillery to this area on 24 May 1915. Only Gunners Venus and Rowbottom were positively identified following extensive research. Both were killed in action on 24 May 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Bellewaarde Ridge.

 

Gunner Albert Venus, born in Hull in 1893, was just 22 years of age when he was killed in action. He sailed out of Southampton for the front 101 years ago, on 20 April 1915, and was killed 35 days later.

 

READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/six-world-war-1-soldiers-laid-to-rest

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