The remains of a First World War soldier, found more than a century after his death, have been identified and afforded a dignified burial.
Lance Corporal Frederick Thomas Perkins, from Chelmsford in Essex, was buried on 7 November 2019, over 100 years after his death in the First World War.
His remains were found in January 2018 by workmen clearing unexploded ordnance from a building site near Lens.
L/Cpl Perkins, who had been commemorated on the CWGC’s Loos Memorial in France, was buried with full military honours at the CWGC’s Loos British Cemetery at a service organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre.
Among the attendees was L/Cpl Perkins’ granddaughter, Linda Cook, who chose the following personal inscription for his headstone:
Some of James & Elizabeth
Husband of Florance Annie
Father of Phillip Jethro
Greater Love hath no man