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Tuesday, November 11
8:00 pm ET/PT

An excavations yields evidence of WW1 mortar bombs.  Its position reveals it is a ‘trench mortar pit’, key to the Allied taking of “Hill 70”, a strategic position in Northern France in the summer of 1917.  The Trench Detectives begin a search for the tight-knit band of brothers who fought there, revealing the name of a Canadian soldier who lead the group into battle.  As the Trench Detectives close in on how he came to be there, they uncover the moving, Dickensian story of a “Barnardo Boy”. The soldier was the eldest of three English orphans rescued from the crushing slums of a Northern steel town in Britain and shipped to Canada where the children were sent their separate ways. None were told where the others were but all were bound by a strong desire to reunite.

Tuesday, November 11 at 8:00 pm ET/PT

– CSI Meets Cold Case to Solve 90 year-old Wartime Mysteries –

Almost every Canadian city, town and village has a monument to those who sacrificed their lives in the war known as “The War To End All Wars” – the terrible Great War that raged in Europe from 1914-1918. But, with the passing of time and the deaths of almost all surviving veterans, the human, living stories of this war have all but vanished.

This Remembrance Day, November 11, marks the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and History Television is commemorating the occasion with a remarkable new documentary series of eight hourlong episodes called FINDING THE FALLEN, premiering Tuesday, November 11 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

In the series, the bloody WWI battlefields of France and Belgium surrender their long-held secrets when a team of “Trench Detectives” – archaeologists, forensics experts, historians and genealogists – excavate the past, a shovelful at a time, unearthing both the history and the personal stories that have remained buried for 90 years.

Produced by yap films, the award-winning TV production company with offices in Toronto and Leeds, UK., FINDING THE FALLEN brings history to life with previously unknown and touchingly human stories of The Great War.

The Trench Detectives, headed by lead archaeologist David Kenyon and lead historian Andrew Robertshaw, work to identify the unknown soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice, and to reconstruct their remarkable life stories, both leading up to and during the war. In doing so, the team preserves the memories of the shattered lives that ended there and are able to finally lay these brave fallen ones to rest.

This is contemporary archaeology writ large. Its purpose: to remember the past, lest we forget. Its aim: to identify and honour those who gave their lives in The Great War.

Episodes One: “Barnardo Boy” and Episode Two: “Man and Horse”, airing across Canada on Tuesday, November 11 at 8:00 pm ET/PT and 9:00 pm ET/PT respectively, each tell the story of a Canadian soldier who fell on the battlefields of Europe. The series continues the following evening, Wednesday, November 12, with Episodes Three: “Secret Trench” and Episode Four: “Codename: Tank” in the same time slots.