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Watch: Duke of Lancaster's Regiment to fight ISIS

Troops from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment are tonight on their way to Iraq in support of the continued fight against the so called Islamic State.

The soldiers will spend six months training Iraqi and Kurdish security forces.

In total, a fighting force of 150 from the regiment will be deployed in Iraq, and Paul Crone was at Weeton Barracks near Blackpool to see the first batch of troops leave.

A memorial to the fallen from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

They gave their lives for Queen and country and today - their Queen and country said thank you for their sacrifice.

Family and friends of the fallen looked on while Her Majesty unveiled a special memorial to those who've died from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. The regiment lost 18 men and one women in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But some of families feel their loss was worthless, with the region still in turmoil.

From the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire - our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports.

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Special Report: Paul Crone on the reburial of the six unknown soldiers in Ypres

In the second of his special reports on the unknown soldiers found in a field in Belgium Paul Crone meets those who've ensured their remains were reburied with full military honours.

Photos: courtesy of Emmanuel Brill/Jean Michel van Elslade.

Paying respects to the unknown soldiers from WW1

Six soldiers from the North West who died in the trenches of Belgium during World War One have been buried with honours.

The remains of the men from The Lancashire Fusiliers and The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment lay undiscovered for nearly 100 years in a farmer's field near Ypres.

But a team of local archaeologists managed to track down which Lancashire regiments they belonged to.

Adam Carr, from Warrington, is a Kingsman with the Duke of Lancaster's regiment and acted as a pall bearer during the ceremony. He said their sacrifice should never be forgotten.

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Special Report: Honours at last for Lancashire's fallen heroes of World War One

Six British soldiers from the North West who died in the trenches of Belgium during World War One have finally been buried with honours.

The remains of the men from The Lancashire Fusiliers and The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment lay undiscovered for nearly 100 years in a farmer's field near Ypres.

But a team of local archaeologists managed to track down which Lancashire regiments they belonged to, and even made sure the men would be laid to rest with full military honours.

Paul Crone has the first of two special reports:

Who are the North West's unidentified fallen at Ypres?

The six soldiers were laid to rest anonymously Credit: ITV

Granada Reports has travelled to Belgium to reveal the story of the bodies of six soldiers found in a farmer's field near Ypres.

The remains of uniforms and cap badges proved two of the men were from the Lancashire Fusiliers, two from The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment and the final two remain unidentified.

They have now been reburied with full military honours at Prowse Point Cemetery near Ploegsteert near Ypres but their names will likely remain a mystery.

Accrington pays tribute to its fallen heroes

A Lancashire town came to a standstill today as thousands turned out to remember the legendary Accrington Pals.

On the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in World War 1, when the Pals' suffered huge losses, the streets were packed as the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marched through the town in memory of the Pals.

And in true Lancastrian fashion it wasn't a sombre affair as Paul Crone reports.

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