Two Great War RAF officers' graves rededicated

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2 Lt Alan Boswell and 2 Lt Robert Gundil's graves have been rededicated in Belgium over a century after they died

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You’d think that somewhere between ‘Tracey Bowers of the JCCC’, MOD and Veterans UK, there’d be at least one person who would have seen ‘Royal Flying Corp’ in the text and pointed out there’s no such word as ‘Corp’. It’s ‘Royal Flying Corps’, you idiots.. :rolleyes:
 
You’d think that somewhere between ‘Tracey Bowers of the JCCC’, MOD and Veterans UK, there’d be at least one person who would have seen ‘Royal Flying Corp’ in the text and pointed out there’s no such word as ‘Corp’. It’s ‘Royal Flying Corps’, you idiots.. :rolleyes:
Obviously a tpyo.

They get it right a couple of times further down the article.
 
Why are they being "rededicated"?

They were missing in action; 6 or 7 years ago a Belgian historian worked out that two unidentified airmen in the cemetery at Dulhallow ADS might be 2Lts Boswell and Gundil; the burial return - below, which I've borrowed from the Great War forum - mentioned that a KOYLI button had been found on the observer's clothing on one of the unknown airmen.

Their remains had been recovered from not far from their last known position; if memory serves, they'd been given a burial, but there was no identification found at the time of the interment, thus they received a simple cross with some variant of 'An English Airman' .

With some diligent research by the Belgian chap, the question of the likelihood of two aviators, one of whom was from the KOYLI, being buried in about the same location that Lts Boswell and Gundil had gone missing arose. The odds seemed remarkably slim...

Long story short, the possible ID was given to CWGC, who investigated, confirmed the identities and thus commissioned new headstones with the two chaps's names on them (they had previously been commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial).


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