WWI troops' graffiti discovered in medieval tunnels in northern France

Almost 2,000 inscriptions left by WWI Allied troops have been found in an ancient chalk quarry sited close to the Somme battlefields.

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A headlamp cuts through the darkness of a rough-hewn passage 100 feet underground to reveal an inscription: "James Cockburn 8th Durham L.I." It's cut so clean it could have been left yesterday. Only the date next to it – April 1st, 1917 – roots it in the horrors of World War I. The piece of graffiti is just one of nearly 2,000 century-old inscriptions by Allied soldiers, including Australians, that have recently come to light in Naours, a two-hour drive north of Paris, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.