For 94 years the bodies of 249 British and Australian soldiers lay forgotten under a field in northern France. But tomorrow some of the anonymous dead in the mass grave at Fromelles are expected to regain their identities.

In the largest such endeavour yet attempted, the British and Australian governments are to announce the first results of a project aimed at pairing bones with DNA samples given by soldiers’ living descendants.

Eighty-six British families with relatives thought to be in the grave have given DNA. They await news of relatives, many of whom still occupy a hallowed place in family memory.

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