Two unknown Royal Fusiliers to be buried near Ypres


Troops in a wood near Ypres in May 1915 (Imperial War Museum)

Two unknown soldiers from the Royal Fusiliers will be buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s New Irish Farm Cemetery on 9 October.

Remains of the two men were discovered in 2014 during building work near Ypres. Researchers think they have narrowed down the pair’s identity to four soldiers who were reported missing in June 1915, but they have been unable to positively identify them.

The four possibles were private Henry Wolf (22) of Bethnal Green, Private James Hodges (25) of Islington, Private George Smith (29) of Bromley and private Louis Walker of Hackney.

It’s thought all four would have been reservists or members of the Territorial Army prior to entering 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers, with which they were serving in June 1915.

CWGC will install headstones on the graves commemorating them as soldiers of the Royal Fusiliers ‘Known unto God’.

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