Memorial; Grave marker card

Memorial; Grave marker

1983.953

On display

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Wooden cross temporary grave marker with pressed metal labels: '11533 PTE. F. A. BEER 16TH KINGS LIVERPOOL REGT. ATTD. 13TH 24TH JULY 1916' 'G.R.U. 3'. With red ribbon for suspension. Almost one million soldiers from the British Empire were killed during the First World War. By the time Germany signed the Armistice in 1918, almost 17,000 men from the King’s Regiment had been killed. Many were buried in unidentified graves close to where they fell on the battlefield, and their graves marked with temporary markers. Later specialist teams identified and moved the bodies to Commonwealth War Grave Commission (CWGC) cemeteries. Relatives often only had a photo or medal to remember their loved ones.