Burial service for unknown soldier

Graves at Ypres.
For Ian Scott.
Graves at Ypres. For Ian Scott.

The burial of an unknown King’s Own Scottish Borderer who died during World War One took place at a military cemetery Belgium this week.

His remains were found just over two years ago along with those of another soldier in what was a battlefield near Ypres in 1915 and every effort to identify him has failed.

The only clue as to the identity of the soldier was a brass shoulder title of the second battalion of the local regiment, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, who lost at least 30 men there in an engagement with the German army in April, 1915.

The Commonwealth Graves Commission decided that the remains should be buried along with those of the other unknown soldier in one grave at the war cemetery just outside Ypres.

The burial, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission New Irish Farm Cemetery also saw, two other unidentified soldiers buried. Their remains were discovered during a 
recent archaeological dig.