AP PHOTOS: Family from 2 continents unites for WWI burial

Soldiers watch as a man prepares to lay a poppy wreath for British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres

Soldiers watch as a man prepares to lay a poppy wreath for British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres

A newly engraved epitaph on the gravestone of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, We

A newly engraved epitaph on the gravestone of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, We

Soldiers lower the casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wednesday, March 14

Soldiers lower the casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wednesday, March 14

Soldiers carry the flag draped casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wednesd

Soldiers carry the flag draped casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wednesd

Soldiers stand in front of of the grave of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wedne

Soldiers stand in front of of the grave of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wedne

Family member David Hill, fourth right, from Cambridge, England, holds the flag from the casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial

Family member David Hill, fourth right, from Cambridge, England, holds the flag from the casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial

Soldiers from the Rifles Brigade play the Last Post during a reburial service for British Private Thomas Edmundson at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Be

Soldiers from the Rifles Brigade play the Last Post during a reburial service for British Private Thomas Edmundson at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Be

The CWGC Perth Cemetery is reflected in the horn of a musician during a reburial service for British Private Thomas Edmundson in Ypres, Belgium, Wedne

The CWGC Perth Cemetery is reflected in the horn of a musician during a reburial service for British Private Thomas Edmundson in Ypres, Belgium, Wedne

Soldiers prepare to kneel and fold the flag on the casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypr

Soldiers prepare to kneel and fold the flag on the casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypr

Soldiers carry the flag draped casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wednesd

Soldiers carry the flag draped casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wednesd

Soldiers carry the flag draped casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wednesd

Soldiers carry the flag draped casket of British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at CWGC Perth Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, Wednesd

Gary Edmundson, left, from Fort Saskatchewan, Canada, carries flowers for his relative British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at

Gary Edmundson, left, from Fort Saskatchewan, Canada, carries flowers for his relative British Private Thomas Edmundson during a re-burial service at

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — Family members from two continents reunited on Wednesday for the solemn burial of a distant relative who died over a century ago in World War I.

Private Thomas Edmundson from Sunderland, England, was just 20 years old when he was killed in action in April 1915 during some of the bloodiest fighting on the Western Front.

He was hastily buried with some of his comrades beneath a simple marker and his body was not recovered after the war.

In 2014, his remains were uncovered in a field near Ypres during routine building works. DNA testing confirmed his identity in 2017.

Gary Edmundson, a relative, said: "The war and the sacrifice of these soldiers had such an impact on the world, I found ... I couldn't miss coming."