Underage WWI soldier’s remains recovered from mass grave

Published on August 10th, 2009 | by Admin


The remains of 15-year-old James Gorden, a boy who lied about his age to enlist, may have been found amoungst hundreds of remains in a mass grave in Fromelles, France.

Forensic archaeologist Richard Wright, an adviser to Oxford Archaeology, which is carrying out the archaeological work for the project, said telltale signs of youth such as teeth and the form of the skull could help pathologists and archaeologists.

“The roots of the wisdom teeth close by the age of 18½ and the joins between the bones in the skull close between the age of about 20 and 25,” he said.

Tim Lycett, from the Fromelles Descendant Database, said that when the initial investigative dig was made last year, among the remains exhumed was a skeleton estimated to be that of a 15 to 16-year-old.

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