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British war dead to be exhumed in France

Archaeologists are exhuming British and Australian troops from a WWI mass grave in northern France, before properly burying the soldiers in a new war cemetery.

Up to 400 soldiers lost in the battle are thought to have been buried – without their dog tags – in pits by German forces in a site known as Pheasant Wood near the village of Fromelles.

Starting next week, a team of archaeologists will recover the soldiers’ remains over the next six months in the hope of identifying as many as possible and giving them a burial with “the dignity and honour their sacrifice deserves”.

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