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Lieutenant Maurice Dease died of his wounds and is buried in St Symphorien cemetery. President Michael D. Higgins visited the cemetery earlier this month. He  is pictured with Joachim Guack  of Germany, Britain’s Prince William, British PM David Cameron and King Philippe of Belgium. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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