AHEAD of the centenary of the First World War, Defence Minister and Bournemouth MP Tobias Ellwood has attended the burial of an unknown British soldier.

The service was organised by MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC, part of Defence Business Services) and held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Tyne Cot Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium. Two unknown Australian soldiers who were found alongside their British comrade, from the Lancashire Fusiliers, were also commemorated.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood said:

"We owe these soldiers a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice and it is fitting that we can at last give them a deserved military burial here in Belgium.

"As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, it is a poignant and timely reminder of the bravery of our Armed Forces. Throughout our country’s history, they have given everything to keep us safe, and continue to do so today at home and abroad."