Missing for almost a century, the remains of Private Alan James Mather of Inverell, NSW have finally been identified.

Private Mather was one of 216,000 men from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom who fought in the Battle of Messines against the German Empire in West Flanders, Belgium from June 7 to 14, 1917.

After the war Private Mather was listed as missing with more than 6,000 other Australian soldiers on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

A combined picture of historical, anthropological and DNA evidence helped establish the identity of the soldier as Private Mather.

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