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‘He was in a shell hole, wrapped in his gas cape and, when we carefully removed that, we saw the whole body was completely preserved,’ said Franky Bostyn, curator of a local museum. ‘He was lying there on his side, a little bit like a baby is, so not in a straight line. He was not buried, just thrown in, but he had his full equipment on him.’

early a century after the fighting stopped in November 1918 the bodies of soldiers continue to surface in the fields of Belgium and France. Nearly half a million men died at Passchendaele, near Ypres, in 1917, in one of the war's bloodiest battles where another body was recently discovered.

With every new discovery efforts are made to find who the soldier was and a specialist team from the UK is called in to try and identify the remains so that they can be re-buried and relatives notified. Why?

In most countries the tombs of unknown soldiers are freely accessible in public places but in Britain there is a charge of £8.00 to see the tomb and no photography allowed!