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Isobel, Amanda, Martin and Louis Ward, have just discovered a great great great uncle died in WW One, they are going to his re-burial later this year

Isobel, Amanda, Martin and Louis Ward, have just discovered a great great great uncle died in WW One, they are going to his re-burial later this year

A family have discovered they are relatives of a Yorkshire soldier who died in World War One whose body was found in France five years ago.

Private Walter Ellis, who was born in Doncaster, died aged 22 and was one of 10 soldiers whose remains were spotted in 2009 during construction work near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny.

They were named after DNA analysis of samples from relatives, with Mr Ellis’ family being tracked down through a family history website.

All the soldiers were with 2nd Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment, and are believed to have died in battle on 18 October 1914.

The men are due to be given a funeral with full military honours in October, which some of Mr Ellis’ family will attend.

Martin Ward, of Micklethwaite Drive, Queensbury, whose wife Amanda is Mr Ellis’ niece, said: “We know very little of him and have no photos of him.

“He was the eighth of nine children but didn’t have a wife or any children himself.

“My sister-in-law was researching our family tree and the Ministry of Defence got in touch with her through the website.

“It was quite strange when we found out but it’s nice for us and for him.

“The children are quite taken aback but I think it will affect them more on the day of the burial.”

During WW1 the Battalion served in France and Flanders with the 16th Brigade, 6th Division. The Regiment joined the Yorkshire Brigade in 1958 and was disbanded in 1968 when its colours were laid in the Regimental Chapel of Sheffield Cathedral.

 

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