The 1st/7th battalion of the Durham Light Infantry fought at Zonnebeke towards the end of April 1915. Their war diary records them as being under heavy fire on April 26. Eight soldiers from the 1st/7th battalion were killed that day, none of whome have a known grave. Their names are recorded on the Menin Gate.
May, 2015. The remains of a British soldier were found in Zonnebeke. With them was a shoulder title of the Durham Light Infantry. Investigations ruled out several of the regiment's battalions as they did not fight at Zonnebeke. A DNA sample was taken from the remains and compared to a family member from each of the 8 soldiers. The results proved that the remains are those of Private Thomas Telford Edmundson.
March, 2018. He got his final resting place at Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ypres, Belgium.
The funeral Service was led by The Reverend John Swanston CF, 1ste Battalion, The Rifles. Family members from the UK and Canada were present.
Arrival of the coffin
Welcome (John 1, 25-26) and Bidding Prayer
Scripture Reading (Ecclesiastes 3, 1-8 King James Version)
Hymn - Amazing Grace
Scripture Reading (John 14, 1-6 King James Version)
Hymn - O God Our Help in Ages Past
Anthem for Doomed Youth (Wilfred Owen) read by Gary Edmundson
The Last Post, Silence and Reveille
The Lord's Prayer
Regimental Collect of the Durham Light Infantry
Almighty God, who requirest that thy servants be found faithful, grant, we pray thee, that we, the Durham Light Infantry, who twice a year remember the great valour of those who went before us, may ever be ready as they to fight the good fight, and above all things to give obedience to thy call, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The National Anthems of the United Kingdom and Belgium
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