Posted on June 13, 2019
The families of two young British soldiers killed in the First World War have finally seen them laid to rest more than 100 years later. Private Henry Wallington and Private Frank Mead, of the 23rd (County of London) Battalion, were buried with full military honours, alongside a third unidentified British soldier from the same regiment. A salute was fired and ‘The Last Post’ played during the ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) British cemetery at Hermies Hill, near Albert in northern France.
The remains of all three soldiers were discovered in February 2016 in a back garden in the village of Anneux, which was a battlefield 100 years ago. Research suggests Ptes Wallington and Mead were killed on 3 December 1917, during the Battle of Cambrai, which marked the first large-scale use of tanks, while they were both in their early twenties.