A funeral service will be held for an unknown soldier of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment and an unknown soldier of unknown regiment at 1100 hours on Thursday 29 September 2016 at St Mary’s ADS Cemetery, Haisnes, France with The Royal Anglian Regiment providing support.
A set of remains was discovered in Auchy-Les-Mines in February 2016 and accompanying military insignia indicated the remains were of a WW1 casualty of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. A second set of remains was discovered in the same location in June 2016; no identifying insignia accompanied this soldier. Despite extensive research, the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) was unable to identify the soldiers.
Both soldiers will be buried under separate headstones as Soldiers of the Great War, Known Unto God. The service has been organised by JCCC and will be attended by British Defence Staff, regimental representatives and local dignitaries.