Unknown British soldier buried before WWI 100th anniversary

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  • British soldiers carry the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    British soldiers carry the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    British soldiers carry the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    A British soldier hands over a poppy wreath, belt, flag and hat during a reburial ceremony for an unknown British World War I soldier at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    British soldiers fold the flag over the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    Two men dressed in replica World War I uniforms watch a reburial ceremony for an unknown British World War I soldier from afar at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    British soldiers carry the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

  • British soldiers carry the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    British soldiers carry the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    British soldiers carry the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    A British soldier hands over a poppy wreath, belt, flag and hat during a reburial ceremony for an unknown British World War I soldier at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    British soldiers fold the flag over the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    Two men dressed in replica World War I uniforms watch a reburial ceremony for an unknown British World War I soldier from afar at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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    British soldiers carry the coffin of an unknown British World War I soldier during a reburial ceremony at Buttes New British cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. The soldier was found near Zonnebeke in Aug. 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

YPRES, Belgium (AP) British authorities have given an unknown soldier who died during World War I a full military burial, just days before ceremonies marking the centenary of the end of World War I.

Sunlight filtered through the autumn leaves as the British honor guard carried a lone coffin through the stark white stones of the Buttes New British cemetery in Polygon Wood, just outside of Ypres in Belgium.

Nothing is known about the soldier, who was discovered in a field near the village of Westhoek, near Ypres.

Three other unidentified soldiers one British and two Australians were also commemorated this week.

Each year, the remains of some 40 British soldiers killed during World War I are found on Europe's battlefields. The Ministry of Defense's Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre tries to identify them and trace survivors.

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