DNA Tests Begin To Identify Fromelles Dead From Mass Grave

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2009

DNA tests will begin this week on the remains of hundreds of British and Australian soldiers killed in the First World War’s Battle of Fromelles.

Between 250 and 300 bodies have been discovered in mass graves in northern France, where they were buried by German forces after the disastrous 1916 battle.

The soldiers’ remains are being exhumed and will be laid to rest with full military honours in individual graves at a new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.

A full programme of DNA testing will be carried out in an attempt to establish the identities of the bodies and notify relatives.

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