Tag Archives: Ploegsteert

Missing Irish infantryman to be buried as ‘unknown soldier’

An Irish-born infantryman, killed in 1914, will be buried as an unknown soldier, after attempts to trace his relatives failed. Researchers believe they have found the remains of private James Rowan of 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was originally from County … Continue reading

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Missing First World War soldiers to be reburied in France

Some 15 British First World War casualties are to be reburied at the Y Farm Cemetery at a ceremony in France on 22 October, 100 years after they were killed during an offensive close to the border with Belgium. The soldiers were … Continue reading

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Memorial to Christmas Truce footballers

In December 1914 the field behind the cross contained a crop of turnips, but that didn’t stop men of the German and British armies playing football between their front lines. The author Henry Williamson, who served with the London Rifle … Continue reading

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Royal Fusiliers badge at Ploegsteert

  The Royal Fusiliers’ badge on a headstone at the CWGC cemetery at Ploegsteert, Belgium. In 1915 and 1916 this was deemed a relatively quiet area, but there are still more than 11,000 names on the memorial to the missing … Continue reading

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