Posted on March 22, 2019
The first burial service took place at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Messines Ridge British Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium on Tuesday 19 March. The second burial happened on Wednesday 20 March at Guillemont Road Cemetery, on the Somme in France.
The services were organised by the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) and were conducted by the Reverend Nathan King CF, Chaplain to 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment.
The Reverend Nathan King, said: “Although soldiers die, some of them unknown, their lives are celebrated here, and their souls offered to God, as held in the beliefs of the Christian faith. People are never forgotten, and their lives honoured.”
The bearer party at each service was composed of members of 1st and 2nd Battalions of The Royal Irish Regiment.
Despite extensive research, it was not possible for the JCCC to identify any of these soldiers due to the high numbers of casualties in both areas. Rosie Barron, from JCCC, said it was a privilege to organise the two services and to work alongside The Royal Irish Regiment. Ms Barron said: “Although their identities remain unknown, they are now at rest alongside their comrades and their sacrifices will not be forgotten.”