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6 British soldiers reburied over century after death in WWI

  • British Army Artillery soldiers prepare to hand over the flag from the casket of British WWI soldier Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom to the family during a burial ceremony at Ypres Extension cemetery in Ypres, Belgium on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Six WWI British soldiers were laid to rest on Wednesday, more than 100 years after they fell in battle on Flanders Fields. Two soldiers, Gunner Albert William Venus and Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom were both found in Ypres in 2013 and identified through DNA, the other four soldiers remain unidentified. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    British Army Artillery soldiers prepare to hand over the flag from the casket of British WWI soldier Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom to the family during a burial ceremony at Ypres Extension cemetery in Ypres, Belgium on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Six WWI British soldiers were laid to rest on Wednesday, more than 100 years after they fell in battle on Flanders Fields. Two soldiers, Gunner Albert William Venus and Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom were both found in Ypres in 2013 and identified through DNA, the other four soldiers remain unidentified. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Family members John Howden, center, and Caroline Rowbottom, right, hold flags from the caskets their relatives, WWI soldiers Albert William Venus and Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom, during a burial ceremony at Ypres Extension cemetery in Ypres, Belgium on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Six WWI British soldiers were laid to rest on Wednesday, more than 100 years after they fell in battle on Flanders Fields. Two soldiers, Gunner Albert William Venus and Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom were both found in Ypres in 2013 and identified through DNA, the other four soldiers remain unidentified. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Family members John Howden, center, and Caroline Rowbottom, right, hold flags from the caskets their relatives, WWI soldiers Albert William Venus and Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom, during a burial ceremony at Ypres Extension cemetery in Ypres, Belgium on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Six WWI British soldiers were laid to rest on Wednesday, more than 100 years after they fell in battle on Flanders Fields. Two soldiers, Gunner Albert William Venus and Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom were both found in Ypres in 2013 and identified through DNA, the other four soldiers remain unidentified. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relative Caroline Rowbottom, left center, holds the flag from the casket of her relative, WWI British soldier Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom, during a burial ceremony at Ypres Extension cemetery in Ypres, Belgium on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Six WWI British soldiers were laid to rest on Wednesday, more than 100 years after they fell in battle on Flanders Fields. Two soldiers, Gunner Albert William Venus and Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom were both found in Ypres in 2013 and identified through DNA, the other four soldiers remain unidentified. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Relative Caroline Rowbottom, left center, holds the flag from the casket of her relative, WWI British soldier Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom, during a burial ceremony at Ypres Extension cemetery in Ypres, Belgium on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Six WWI British soldiers were laid to rest on Wednesday, more than 100 years after they fell in battle on Flanders Fields. Two soldiers, Gunner Albert William Venus and Gunner Joseph William Rowbottom were both found in Ypres in 2013 and identified through DNA, the other four soldiers remain unidentified. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

Six British World War I soldiers have been reburied more than 100 years after they fell in a battle on Flanders Fields.

The bodies were discovered in 2013 in the city of Ypres, Belgium, and then embarked on a long journey of identification, some of it based on DNA provided by relatives. Only two of the six were identified. They were reburied on Wednesday.

The bodies of the unidentified will rest in the same Ypres Extension cemetery next to their comrades but in graves marked only as 'A Soldier of the Great War'.

The men had originally been buried and marked with a wooden cross but the graves disappeared in subsequent fighting.

Thousands of soldiers still remain buried deep in the mud in the battlegrounds of western Belgium.