The British soldiers John Parr and George Ellison both died in the First World War. What is the remarkable story connecting them?

Answer: Sixteen year old Parr was the first British solider killed in the conflict, on August 21, 1914. While forty year old Ellison was the last British soldier to die in the war, on November 11, 1918, the day the fighting ended. They were killed within a few miles of each other near Mons, Belgium. In a remarkable coincidence, they are both buried facing one another in the same cemetery, Saint Symphorien, a mere seven yards apart.

Source: To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild

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