Families of forgotten soldiers tracked down by historians ahead of Armistice Day commemorations 



He said: “The first time I went to the cemetery. I saw the roll of 16 graves of the British soldiers and the name of one of them, Frederick Cumming. It was then I took the decision to prepare with some friends a special remembrance for the British soldiers.”

She said: “These young fighters have been there, they had the same life you know, they were young British guys. They were placed in something so big, so terrible for them. We can only show respect. They had to suffer, they had to die for us.”

Around 200 people attended the memorial in Belgium, including around 20 researchers and family members who travelled from the UK.

One of those traced by Mr Morris and his team, Chris Barber, the nephew of Private John Barber, said the event was “overwhelming”.

Speaking in Belgium, he said: “I knew about my uncle from a young age and knew he was killed in the First World War, in battle. My aunts and uncles told me all about it. It’s just overwhelming. It’s been a lifelong thing really, to finally come and see him.”

The soldiers, 16 of the 700,000 British soldiers to die in the conflict, were killed during fierce German resistance in Orcq, which lies near Tournai, in the final days of the way, in battled dubbed the “Advance to Victory.

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