The 28th July 1914 marks the start of The Great War - World War One. It lasted for four years, three months, and two weeks, claiming the lives of over 9 million soldiers. Many of those killed still lie on the battlefields of the Western Front. From the UK alone, it is estimated that the remains of 500,000 soldiers have never been recovered and are buried there to this day. The remains of these missing soldiers are occasionally uncovered during road building or farming activity, and it is possible in many cases to identify these remains using traditional identification methodology. Occasionally DNA has been successfully extracted and can prove useful in identifying remains. However, DNA testing does not form a routine part of the investigation process and there is no systematic policy of collecting DNA samples from those remains that cannot be identified by traditional means.
The following relative of mine is believed to have died on the Western Front. His remains have never been found.
Link to commemoration at http://www.everymanremembered.org ... http://www.everymanremembered.org/profiles/soldier/61422/
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28th July 2014