WW I graffiti of nearly 2,000 soldiers’ names found underground

Graffiti made up of nearly 2,000 First World War soldiers’ names – believed to be the biggest collection in the whole of Western Europe – has been found in the depths of a former chalk quarry in France.

The writing on the walls date back from around 1917 and are located in Naours, around 96 miles (156km) north of Paris, where millions of men lost their lives or were wounded on the nearby Somme battlefields.

Experts believe that the well-preserved graffiti shows how soldiers understood that leaving inscriptions around 100 feet underground, away from weather and footfall, would be beneficial for future generations to find.