Our customer knew a little of his distant relative but felt that there was probably more to learn. We conducted a search of the records on his behalf and though service records were now lost we were able to piece together exactly where John was killed and what was happening on the battlefield when he met his death.
For us there is a great sense of achievement to have "found" the life of a missing Great War soldier. For our customer, we created for him a sense of connection with an ancester.
Our customer made the trip to Belgium just recently and wrote to us saying that, "while standing at Tyne Cot with the cold, sharp northern wind blowing through us i'm sure i felt Johns Presence blessing us for being there".
John is just one of the 35,000 soldiers commemorated at Tyne Cot that have no known grave and whose mortal remains still lie somewhere in the fields of Flanders.