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WWI soldiers buried in unmarked graves could be identified

March 12th 2009    Category: General

The Telegraph, 13 March 2009

A vast archive containing information about the death, burial or capture of more than 20 million soldiers who fought in the First World War has been discovered by historian Peter Barton in the basement of the Red Cross headquarters in Geneva. The information has the potential to pinpoint the final resting places of those listed as missing in action, which could mean headstones currently marking the grave of an unknown soldier finally bearing a name. The Red Cross is to spend more than £2 million digitising the records in time for the centenary of the outbreak of war in 2014.

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