When I was in Devizes earlier I spotted an inscribed piece of marble propped up against the wall of a house opposite the war memorial. on closer inspection I found the following engraved upon it.
Exhumator, ceremoniously you waken us
Gone so long, back in World War One
Sorrow, yes, but no forced air of solemnity
Take us up gently – bones of the unreturning,
Doomed but valiant knaves
Shelled hideously, intermingled in French mud.
Probe for mates, collate and light us
Twenty first century, DNA and type me
Photo, blog and net me
Kith and kin trace and verify me
Name, claim and honour my youth
Forget not, why we came here, back in World War One
Exhumator, when you’ve done,
Go against your trade and reinterre me.
By A. Kemp May 2009.
Online search found this
"Today 5th May 2009, in a field in Fromelles, France forensic scientists are disinterring the bodies of fallen Australian heroes of WW1, there will never be ‘an unknown’ soldier, and I wrote these lines to commemorate this extraordinary event"
I have a photo of the stone should anyone want one, if I post on here I would have to shrink it too much to be clear. It is also on my facebook page.