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More WWI remains discovered in France

BY REBECCA BLACK AND AMANDA FERGUSON

The body of a second Ulster soldier has been uncovered in France, as roadworks continue ahead of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The French authorities are currently carrying out the major infrastructure project in the vicinity of Thiepval Wood, where some of the most famous battles took place.

On November 21 they discovered remains of a soldier along with a Royal Irish Rifles badge close to the Ulster Tower – a memorial to Ulster soldiers who died in the trenches.

Now it has emerged a second body has also been discovered.

The Somme Association has said there is a strong indication that he was a member of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Last night, Carol Walker, director of the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards, told the Belfast Telegraph: "The second soldier was found late on the evening of Wednesday, November 27.

"Further items of equipment were also recovered. We can't release the details, but he has been positively identified."

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