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The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

Last week representatives from the regiment and First Fusiliers took part in the burial of seven soldiers who died during the Great War.

They were finally laid to rest in a joint ceremony with the Canadian authorities at the New Irish Farm cemetery in Ypres, Belgium.

The remains of the seven were previously recovered from two distinct sites close to one another near the village of St Julien during a planned archaeological dig. They included six Commonwealth soldiers and a German soldier. One of the casualties was an unknown Royal Fusilier.

The Bearer Party provided by the First Fusiliers carried the remains of one of the unknown soldiers of an unknown regiment as part of the ceremony.

The service was conducted jointly by the Reverend Gary Watt, Chaplain to the First Fusiliers and Father Shawn Daley of the Canadian Army.

The graves will now be marked by seven headstones provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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