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Kiwi soldier's remains identified at Ypres

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/08/2016
The remains of a soldier © NZME The remains of a soldier

Archaeologists in Belgium have been able to identify the remains of a New Zealand soldier more than a century after his death on a World War I battlefield.

Auckland-born Henry John Innes Walker enlisted in the British Army and was killed at Ypres on April 25, 1915.

Archaeologists doing work for a television special have been looking at the remains of 45 soldiers, Belgian media report.

They analysed bone material from a captain, and with other evidence such as a medallion, whistle and binoculars, say it could only be Walker.

Such identification of soliders is highly unusual, Belgium's HLN reports.

Capt Walker's family would be informed and his remains moved to a final resting place.

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