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Remains of 17 French WWI soldiers buried at Gallipoli


Nepalnews
2022 Apr 24, 18:40, Canakkale
French army officers place the remains of 17 missing French soldiers who fought in the World War I Battle of Gallipoli, in Canakkale, Turkey, Sunday, April 24, 2022. The remains were on Sunday handed over to French military officials and put to rest alongside other fallen comrades, more than a hundred years after their deaths. The remains were found during restoration work on a castle and surrounding areas on Turkey's northwestern Canakkale peninsula, where Allied forces fought against Ottoman Turks in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign that started with landings on the peninsula on April 25, 1915. (AP Photo)

The remains of 17 missing French soldiers who fought in the World War I Battle of Gallipoli were on Sunday handed over to French military officials and put to rest alongside other fallen comrades more than a century after their deaths.

The remains were found during restoration work on a castle and surrounding areas on Turkey’s northwestern Canakkale Peninsula, where Allied forces fought against Ottoman Turks in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign that started with landings on the peninsula on April 25, 1915.

Col. Philippe Boulogne paid tribute to soldiers who “came to defend their homeland on this distant land, the scene of one of the most tragic episodes in our history” at the handing-over ceremony.

The ceremony coincided with commemorations marking the 107th anniversary of the start of the battle, during which French, British and other soldiers are remembered. On Monday, Australians and New Zealanders will mark Anzac Day to remember their fallen soldiers in a dawn ceremony.


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