Australian skull displayed in US museum buried in France
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian soldier’s skull has been buried in a French war grave a century after it was taken for eventual display in a Philadelphia museum.
Private Thomas Hurdis was wounded in Belgium in September 1917 and died a week later in a U.S. field hospital in France at the age of 26.
Australian Minister for Defense Personnel Darren Chester said Saturday that the skull was buried in Hurdis’ grave on Friday at the Mont Huon Military Cemetery in Le Treport in a ceremony attended by Hurdis’ family and Australian troops.
Australia’s government was alerted last year that the skull of an Australian soldier, with a bullet lodged in bone between his eyes, was on display at the Mutter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.