The short selection of ‘unknown soldiers’ here gives us a clue to the politics of war commemoration. The few burials that took place in the year following the 1914-1918 war no doubt helped many to come to terms with the death of those they cared about, but the wider political significance of these re-burials should not be underestimated. Ever since 1919 corpses have been dug up and reburied to the accompaniment of military and political pageantry.

Even decaying flesh is used to boost a deeply suspect ideology.