Private Ricky Foskett at Frederick Foskett rededication service
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WWI Soldier's Grave Rededicated 104 Years On

Private Frederick Foskett was honoured during a service at Prowse Point Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Private Ricky Foskett at Frederick Foskett rededication service

Private Ricky Foskett was among the family members present to honour their relative (Picture: Crown Copyright).

The grave of a First World War soldier has been honoured more than a century after his death.

The resting place of Private Frederick Foskett was rededicated in a service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Prowse Point Military Cemetery in Belgium.

Frederick was born in 1888 in London and was aged 27 when he was killed in action during the first few months of the Great War.

His Battalion’s Operational Orders confirm they were ordered to attack and hold Le Touquet before advancing towards Gheer in Belgium.

Pte Foskett was one of six men killed by the concussion of a bursting shell whilst sheltering under the culvert of a level crossing.

He was buried with full military honours as an unknown soldier in April 2015, before being identified last year following a positive DNA match.

Wreaths at Frederick Foskett headstone
Pte Foskett died during the first few months of the First World War (Picture: Crown Copyright).

Reverend Stuart Richards, 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Chaplain, said the service was "humbling" and the "upmost privilege".

The rededication service was organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) and attended by eight members of Pte Foskett's family.

A new headstone has also been provided by the CWGC.