On 31st October 1998 whilst walking round the crater, at the far side from the entrance, Mr Drage of Colchester noticed what he thought might be the remains of a soldier, emerging from the chalk. Mr Drage later visited a local café, 'Le Tommy', and told the proprietor, Mr D Zanardi, who contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. After the French authorities had been informed and the relevant approvals had been given, the remains were exhumed on Tuesday 3rd November 1998 and removed to the CWGC mortuary at Beaurains.
The remains consisted of a human skeleton, the skull of which was broken. Various items of army kit were found with the remains including a rifle, bullets and water bottle, as well as personal items, including a pipe mouthpiece, a silver pen holder and a folding cut throat razor. It was the razor that held the key to identifying the remains.
Every soldier in the British Army was required to shave daily. Soldiers looked after their razors, and were extremely unlikely to loan it to another soldier. The razor found with the remains, had George's name and service number etched into the handle, so identifying the remains as those of Private George Nugent.