Family wait on Sheffield body

Frank Wood with pictures of his grandfather Larrett Roebuck
Frank Wood with pictures of his grandfather Larrett Roebuck
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DEFENCE officials say work is ongoing to identify the remains of World War One heroes which may include a Sheffield man.

Lance Corporal Larrett Roebuck, aged 25, died on October 18, 1914, leaving a wife, son and three daughters.

The body of L/Cpl Roebuck, a professional footballer with Huddersfield Town before the war, has never been found - but his family’s hopes were raised following the discovery of the remains of 15 soldiers in 2009.

Grandson Frank Wood, aged 77, of Woodhouse Mill, is unhappy three years have now passed since the discovery at Beaucamps-Ligny, northern France, the remains have still not been identified and he is still waiting for news.

A Service Personnel and Veterans Agency spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the remains of the 15 soldiers, believed to have been killed in World War One, are being cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France, while we work with officials from that organisation, authorities in France and the York and Lancaster Regiment to identify them.

“Our work is focusing on documentary and forensic analysis and comparison.

“This type of work can be time consuming, but must of course be carried out accurately and with diligence.

“Once our enquiries are concluded, the remains will be buried in a fitting way.”