Long Lost Family Special: The Unknown Soldiers

Long Lost Family Special: The Unknown Soldiers



On 3 December 1917, three young soldiers of the London Regiment were killed near Anneux in northern France during the Battle of Cambrai. A century later, their remains happened to be uncovered by a farmer digging a drain in his garden, and the hunt was on to discover who the soldiers were and whether they had any surviving relatives.

This special edition follows the extraordinary work of the Ministry of Defence team whose job is to identify service personnel lost in battle using patient research, forensic evidence and DNA tests. One set of surviving relatives are unearthed in California and are visibly moved to learn more about their ancestor – and to attend his burial in France.


Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present a special edition of the series, dedicated to the worldwide search for the remains of soldiers killed during the First World War with no known graves. The programme follows the work of an elite all-female team at the Ministry of Defence known as the `War Detectives', whose job is to locate the final resting places of 500,000 service personnel who lost their lives during the conflict.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Davina McCall
Presenter Nicky Campbell
Director Anna Thomson
Editor Rick Barker
Executive Producer Sally Benton
Series Producer Anna Thomson
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