Soldiers find ‘closes book’

British soldier in trenches
British soldier in trenches
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The granddaughter of a soldier killed in World War One has spoken of how his son used to search for his name on war graves.

Maureen Simpson spoke after Private John Brameld, aged 30, was one of ten soldiers formally identified 100 years after they were killed in battle.

The 75-year-old, of Stradbroke, said:“My father Arthur was only two when his father was killed, and used to go with the British Legion to France to look at the war graves, in the hope that he would be able to find him, but he never did before he died in 1979.

“I think it’s wonderful (they’ve been identified), I think they’ve done a fantastic job.

“ It just closes the book, doesn’t it, it puts an end to wondering what happened to them.”

The remains of the troops were found during construction near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny in 2009 and identified after relatives provided DNA samples.

Soldiers, who were serving with 2nd Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment, will be reburied with full military honours at a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in October.

Private Walter Ellis, 31, of Doncaster, was also identified.

Denise Womersley, his great-great-great niece, said: “Obviously it is nice finally to know what happened to him. I had been researching the family tree and knew he was in the Army, but nothing more.

“Now he can be buried in the way that he deserved.”

Other soldiers identified include Corporal Francis Carr Dyson, 26, who lived in Sheffield for a time,

Private John Willie Jarvis, 34 and Private Ernest Oxer, 28, both born in Rotherham.