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Attempt To ID Scottish Sailor Killed At Arras

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    "ATTEMPTS are being made to identify the remains of a Scots sailor who died during one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War so that he can be given a full military burial.
    The remains were found in 2016 on the site of the 1917 Battle of Arras in France. Shoulder flashes identified the owner as a member of the Royal Naval Division, formed by Winston Churchill to deploy sailors as infantry soldiers.
    Now the MoD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) have narrowed down their search to just two missing Scots.
    Able Seamen Andrew Turner Irvine and James Cameron Robertson, who were both 5ft 2in, were killed in the fighting near the village of Gavrelle on April 28, 1917, and are commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
    The JCCC want to trace relatives of both so that DNA tests might identity the remains. Relatives will be invited to a full military burial service in July."
    www.express.co.uk/news/uk/913378/WW1-Scot-sailor-soldier-killed-battle-France-bid-identify-remains-found-ceremony
     
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