A group of nine First World War soldiers who were missing for more than a century have finally been buried with their comrades.
Many soldiers who died on the battlefield between 1914 and 1918 were never found.
But the remains of eight men were discovered three years ago during engineering works in De Reutel, Belgium, before a ninth was later found.
They all died during the Battle of Passchendaele, lasting from July to November 1917, which ended up being a costly victory for the Allies.
The Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre team has been working to identify the soldiers and track down their families.
The ‘war detectives’ used small personal belongings to figure out who seven of the men were but could not identify the remaining two.
They were commemorated as ‘Unknown Soldiers of the Great War’.
All nine men were buried today at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium, put to rest among thousands of people who served with them. metro.co.uk reports.
Most of the men who were named were in their twenties – second Lieutenant Leslie Wallace Ablett, 20, from Manchester, and second Lieutenant Edward Douglas Bruty, 21, from Dulwich, south London.
The youngsters also included Lance Corporal Stanley Blakeborough, 21, from Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, and Private Harry Miller, 28, from County Durham.
Two of the named soldiers were also rewarded for their service.
Joseph Patrickson, 24, from Tyne and Wear, was awarded the Military Medal for bravery during the fighting in October 1917, along with Private Arnold Sanderson, 26, from Darlington, County Durham.
The last known body was named as Sergeant Thomas Feasby, 32, from Eston in North Yorkshire.
All nine soldiers were given full military honours as they were carried into the cemetery draped in Union flags.
Reverend Gary Watt, who led the service, said: ‘Today we remember with thanksgiving these brave men whom, alongside so many others, answered the call of their country, served with honour and gave their lives in the service of their nation.
‘In so doing let us commit ourselves anew to remember their courage. For by so doing we honour their memory and we reflect upon that sacrifice.’
Sergeant Thomas Feasby’s great-nephew Steven Willis-Feasby went to the service to ‘represent the family’.