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Artifacts found in WWI mass graves

Archaeologists excavating mass graves containing the remains of British and Australian troops from WWI.

Archaeologists have excavated the first two graves and work is already advanced on the next two. They have made a number of finds directly linking bodies with the British or Australian armies, including a heart-shaped leather pouch containing a solid gold cross and a copper alloy crucifix, a leather heart, a leather coin purse with its contents and a leather wrist strap.

Last week a whole boot with sock and inner stocking was recovered and a paper train ticket found. The ticket was a second class return from Fremantle to Perth, where Western Australian soldiers signed up for duty. Fremantle was their point of embarkation for Europe.

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