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Nearly 100 years after they were killed in battle, British soldiers are laid to rest

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A coffin containing the remains of a British soldier is carried on April 23 in the Honorable Artillery Company (HAC) Cemetery at Ecoust-Saint- Mein. Four British soldiers were laid to rest with full military honors in northern France on April 23, nearly a century after they were killed in action in World War I. Their bodies were discovered in 2009 when a local farmer was clearing one of his fields.

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Coffins containing the remains of British soldiers are prepared for burial on April 23 in the HAC Cemetery at Ecoust-Saint- Mein.

Almost 100 years after they were killed in action, Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard and Private Christopher Douglas Elphick were re-interred with full military honors in a private ceremony. Lieutenant Pritchard was killed in action on May 15, 1917 during an enemy attack near Bullecourt, France and his remains were found in a field near the site in 2009. His body was eventually identified by a silver bracelet with his name engraved on it. Private Elphick was born in Dulwich, South London in 1889. He was killed in action on May 15, 1917 during an enemy attack near Bullecourt, France and his remains were found in a field near the site in 2009. His body was eventually identified by a signet ring bearing his initials. Unidentified remains belonging to two other soldiers were also buried.

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The coffin containing the remains of a British soldier is prepared for burial on April 23 in the HAC Cemetery at Ecoust-Saint- Mein.

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Relatives of British World War I soldier Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard behind the soldier's headstone after a ceremony at the HAC cemetery in Ecoust-St-Mein, France, on April 23.

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Farmer Didier Guerle shows a rusted and deteriorated rifle and pickaxe which he found in a field in 2009 near the site where he also located the bodies of two British World War I soldiers in Bullecourt, France, on April 22.