Between the wars a process similar to modern archaeology was carried out to attempt to unearth WW1 missing and bury them properly in IWGC cemeteries. How was this work done? Who did it? What were their experiences?
Captain G Crawford, who drew up a set of instructions for doing this work, made this observation:
'It has been found to be advisable to impress upon the men that the work is of vital importance, having regard to the number of men still missing, many of whom can be found and identified if the work is carefully done. The greater the stress laid upon the need for identification, the greater the interest men take in the work.'
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(Photograph: IWM. 129 Labour Company at work in the Passchendaele area, 1919).