Saladin brought up an idea in another thread: http://www.arrse.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic/p=3020001.html#3020001 repeated here: Interesting idea there Saladin, when did we really start repatriating the dead (not until post WW2 certainly, and why what re the reasons: Tim Collins in Rules of Engagement notes that british War Graves in Iraq were still well cared for even after the most recent invasion. Is it because the fallen must be near their families? Is it fear their graves will be desecrated (evidence of or against please)? Is it financially easier for them to looked after at home? (Imperial War Graves Commission doesn't have to support caretakers and bones in dusty or humid places???) Should we bring back our dead? Should we bury them where they fall?