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Three men fallen at Ypres found
Ypres Cemetery, resting place of British soldiers who fought in Belgium
The bodies could be buried at Ypres Cemetery
The remains of three British soldiers who died at Ypres in 1914 have been recovered by amateur archaeologists.

One body from the World War I Belgian battlefield has been provisionally identified as Pte Richard Lancaster from the Royal Lancashire Fusiliers.

The remains were found in a sector of the Ypres salient - a bulge in the frontline - called Plug Street Wood.

Two of the bodies had no identification but the third had an ID tag with a surname and number.

Based on information from the 1901 census the archaeologists believe Pte Lancaster was born in Preston in 1883.

He died in November 1914 during the first months of the war. His name stands on the memorial to the missing at Plug Street Wood.

If the identification is confirmed his name can be removed and his body buried in one of the war cemeteries there.


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