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Remains of New Zealand WW1 soldier found in Belgium

Published on Sep 25, 2012 10:38 AM

WELLINGTON (AFP) - Human remains found in Belgium earlier this year have been identified as those of a New Zealand soldier killed in World War 1, defence officials said on Tuesday.

The remains and two New Zealand infantry shoulder badges were found in April at Messines, the scene of an intense week-long battle in June 1917 during which 700 New Zealand soldiers were killed.

After forensic analysis, they have been officially accepted as the remains of a New Zealand soldier and will be reburied in a Commonwealth war grave, the defence department said in a statement.

"The soldier 'Known only to God' will be reburied with ceremonial honours reflecting his sacrifice and service to New Zealand," said New Zealand's military advisor in London, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Gillard.

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