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A new cemetery is under construction in northern France for the recently discovered remains of British soldiers who died in the First World War, with the graves expected to be ready in 2024.

The new Commonwealth War Cemetery, the first in France for more than a decade, will house more than 1,000 British soldiers who fought in the First World War.

Funded by the UK and Canada, it will be located next to an existing UK facility in the village of Lus-en-Goel, near the town of Lens.

Bones are regularly found in the fields of northeastern France, where hundreds of thousands of soldiers died during the trench warfare of 1914-1918.

The ongoing excavation of a new canal in the area is expected to lead to the discovery of hundreds of new remains.

“There are around 100,000 soldiers under the battlefields of France that have yet to be found,” Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) chief Claire Horton said on May 4.

“Every time they put a digger in the ground, they find someone,” she added, saying an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people died around the cemetery.

The 3,000 cemeteries in France served by the CWGC are almost full, with the last new facility opening in 2011.

The new tombs at Luss-en-Goel are expected to be officially opened in late 2024 in a ceremony attended by members of the British royal family.