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Appeal to trace relatives of two WW1 soldiers from Teesside who may have been found in France

The Ministry of Defence has issued an appeal to trace the relatives or descendants of six First World War soldiers, including two men from Teesside, whose bodies are believed to have been discovered in France.

Six more men are yet to be formally identified, including two believed to be from Teesside Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

The remains were discovered on a construction site near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny in 2009. Ten men have already been formally identified using the DNA of their living relatives, however investigators have not been able to trace the families of six more believed to be among them.

The families of Lance Sergeant George Edwardes, service number 9854, born in Middlesbrough, and Private David Wilson Williams, service number 8458, born in Thornaby, are asked to contact the MOD.

The other four men are Private Horace Foster 7147 - born in Sheffield; Private Ross Jeff 10523 - born in Moss, Doncaster; Private Gavin Lowe 9194 - born in Alyth, Perthshire; Private William Albert Sunderland 7429 - born in Ripley, Derbyshire.

Anyone who thinks they might be related to these soldiers is asked to contact the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre team on 01452 712612 (Ext 6303).

University of Sunderland "deeply concerned" to hear of graduate on missing plane

The University of Sunderland has said staff are "deeply concerned" to hear reports that one of its ex-students may have been on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

“We are deeply concerned to hear reports that one of our graduates, Huan Peen Chan, who studied at the University of Sunderland between 1992 and 1995, may be one of the passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. "Although we are not able to confirm these reports at this time, we wish to pass on our thoughts to the family at this difficult time.”

– University of Sunderland spokesman

Catterick soldier "humbled" by bravery award

A British Army who has been Mentioned in Dispatches for his bravery in Afghanistan said he was "humbled" more than anything to be among 117 servicemen and women honoured.

Lt Ali Floyd is based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

He said: "I hope to some degree that this award is a recognition of the soldiers I was lucky enough to work with, who all did a fantastic job and it is really due to them that we managed to bring everyone home."


Catterick Garrison officer Mentioned in Dispatches for bravery in Afghanistan

A British Army officer based at Catterick Garrison has been awarded a Mention in Dispatches for bravery during a tour of Afghanistan in 2013.

Lieutenant Ali Floyd defended a bridge for 24 hours under enemy fire, to allow engineers to remove homemade bombs. He then led his men to safety at night past enemy firing points.

Lt Ali Floyd (right) is honoured for his bravery

Lt Floyd was one of 117 military personnel to be honoured.

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