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Cornish soldier killed during World War 1 is finally laid to rest

das68das68 Posts: 662 Senior Member

Private (Pte) Arthur Burt who served with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, has finally been laid to rest after he was killed during World War 1. Private Burt was buried last week (Wednesday 10 April) during a moving ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs, on the Somme in France.

Pte Burt was killed on 16 September 1916, during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which was part of the Battle of the Somme. He was found with several artefacts including a disc that was engraved with “Pte. A. Burt, 13201, 7th D.C.L.I.”. Following this discovery, the JCCC were then able to trace the nephew of Pte Burt, Mr Philip Lean, who provided a DNA sample which confirmed the identity of Pte Burt after more than a century.

Private Burt’s family said:

"Our lad from Mevagissey was afforded an amazing military send off. Being able to be there as a family was really special and it was a privilege to attend."

"Our lad"
that he is


  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,739 Senior Member
    Finally, a light at the end of a long tunnel.
    It's often said that those who pass can't find rest until they've been properly attended.
    RIP Pte Burt o:)
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,632 Senior Member
    A fitting send off after an interminable wait.  Rest easy, Private Burt.
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,144 Senior Member
    Nice that he was laid to rest properly.  Rest Easy Arthur
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,118 Senior Member
    We'll meet on Fiddler's Green...Rest in Peace...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • das68das68 Posts: 662 Senior Member
    edited April 2019 #6
    Jayhawker said:
    We'll meet on Fiddler's Green...Rest in Peace...
    my but 
    I have heard that sung a few times
    very poorly
    just after last orders
    nice one though it is

  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,329 Senior Member
    Nice.  Good to see another one properly situated.

    Anybody know offhand what, if any, active search measures are ongoing for human remains, or just active archaeology that's prepared to find them?  These stories typically seem to involve some form of unrelated construction that randomly turns up a skeleton.  I can't imagine what it must be like to be an earth-moving contractor in that region - placing your bids, hiring the subcontractors, scheduling the time around the weather, and BAM - another war grave.  The honored dead come first and rightly so, but the practical side of dealing with it has to be an interesting study.

    The statistic thrown out about the Duoamont Ossuary is that about 300,000 French and Germans died at Verdun, and that memorial claims to house the bones of 130,000 unidentified troops.  That over a third of the fatalities are unidentified says about all you need to know about the conditions of that conflict or trying to clean up after it.  Ugh!

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • HappySquidHappySquid Member Posts: 445 Member
    edited April 2019 #8
    Dan, starting this year the Dutch government has alleviated rules for recovering the crews of Airmen buried with the remains of their aircaft that have not been recovered for proper burial all over the Netherlands and provides funding to do so. Biggest block Always has been the unexploded ordinances aboard and lack of Bomb=disposal capacity.
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