Private William McAleer died amid the choking poison gas, screams and machine-gun fire of the Battle of Loos on September 26, 1915. But only yesterday, 98 years later, he was finally laid to rest with full military honours in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery.

Private McAleer, aged just 22, was one of nearly 60,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who fell during the battle in northern France. The Royal Scottish Fusilier’s body was placed in a forgotten mass grave.

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