(English) Funeral of Appolinaire Ruelland, 118th Infantry Regiment

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3 Responses to (English) Funeral of Appolinaire Ruelland, 118th Infantry Regiment

  1. Thank you very much for your swift answer.
    Also for asking the ONAC about the remains. I am waiting for your information which you hopefully will get from ONAC in due time.

  2. Thank you very much for informing us of the re-interment of the 2 French soldiers.
    As I am very much interested in the German side as well, I would like to ask you for information about the re-interment of the German soldier discovered by the LBSG during excavation works. I assume he is still not reburied? Or was there no interest in reporting and attending the German soldier’s reburial on this website here?
    I am sure you can enlighten me on the burial status of the found German soldier and if happened already will post pictures of the VdK (German) burial ceremony as well?

    • Thank you for your query. As was made clear to you in our email dated 11/04/14 in this particular case we found partial remains associated with what appeared to be a German boot. These remains along with the other fragmented remains were handed to the ONAC. We have asked the ONAC for an update on them and await a reply. When we have this we will add it to this comment thread and email you to let you know.

      It is important to consider the two French soldiers and their recent military funerals that your comment refers to (Privates Louis Joseph Heurt and Appolinaire Joachim Marie Ruelland) are very different cases to the fragmented remains found. These two men were killed together on 8 January 1915 and their fully articulated remains were discovered buried in the wall of a trench. They were identified from their identity discs. Such was the severity of the fighting at the Glory Hole there are small bone fragments everywhere. It will be impossible to determine whether these are German, French or British.

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