Sunday, 24 February 2013

Hundreds of 'forgotten’ dead from the World Wars are discovered

Researchers have identified almost 2,000 “forgotten” servicemen who died in the two World Wars but were never officially commemorated.When Lance Corporal Paul Pollock went “over the top” on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, he became one of 20,000 British soldiers who, by the end of it lay dead or dying, on what was the bloodiest day in the country’s military history. But when the names of the dead, along with all others who fell during the First World War, were later collected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), to ensure their sacrifice was remembered, that of the 21-year-old was not among them.It meant that, due to an apparent bureaucratic lapse, Pollock, whose body was never found, was not recorded alongside his fallen comrades on any official memorial.Now, after almost a century, that omission has been rectified after it was discovered by a team of amateur historians, and Pollock’s name has been added to the Thiepval Memorial, in France, to those missing from the battle.He is one of almost 2,000 other “forgotten” dead from the two world wars whose deaths were accidentally overlooked by the authorities but whose names have now been added to memorials, following research by the In From The Cold Project (IFCP).Read More HERE


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