WWI

Soldiers' Graves Identified More Than 100 Years After Their Deaths

Captains Cecil Thomas Tuff and Eric Wilson Edwards lost their lives during the First World War.

Geoffrey Tuff lays a wreath at the graveside of his great uncle, Captain Cecil Thomas Tuff (Picture: Crown Copyright).

The resting places of two soldiers have been discovered more than a century after their deaths during the First World War.

Captain Cecil Thomas Tuff was in The Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) while Captain Eric Wilson Edwards was in The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), at the time of their deaths.

Their final resting places were found after researchers submitted evidence of their discovery, and correct identification was confirmed following further studies by the MOD and National Army Museum.

Captain Tuff was 29-years-old when he was killed on 18 April 1915, during an assault to retake a hill near Ypres.

He was commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres.

His great-niece, Prunella Scarlett, said her family was "thrilled" with the identification of his final resting place.

Captain Edwards, meanwhile, went missing on the 30 November 1917 - his battalion was ordered to consolidate a defensive position at Heudicourt, south of Cambrai, which the enemy had broken through.

Aged just 26, he went missing and was never seen again.

His great-nephew, Andrew Knowles-Brown, said: "How do I feel? Humbled, surprised, saddened and elated."

The rededication service for Captain Edwards at Gouzeaucourt in France (Picture: Crown Copyright).

To mark their service, rededication services were held on Wednesday, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery (for Captain Tuff) and Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, France (for Captain Edwards).

The Reverend Ian Kemp, leading the service at Gouzeaucourt said: "Being able to honour their sacrifice in the rededication in their respective graves is both a great privilege and the least we can do in response."

Two new headstones bearing the names of Captain Tuff and Captain Edwards, have been provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.