Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

WW1 Battlefield Archaeology Using LIDAR

A project is ongoing to search the battlefields around the Ypres Salient to detect WW1 archeological sites using LIDAR technology. Perhaps you’re not familiar with the term LIDAR?

 ‘Lidar (also called LIDARLiDAR, and LADAR) is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. Differences in laser return times and wavelengths can then be used to make digital 3-D representations of the target. The name lidar, now used as an acronym of light detection and ranging (sometimes light imaging, detection, and ranging), was originally a portmanteau of light and radar.’ From Wikipedia.

You can read about more about the project here:

Capt. Walker

New Zealanders salute Walker’s casket

The article mentions the recovery of the remains of Capt. H. J. Innes Walker, a New Zealander serving with the 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshires when he was killed on April 25th, 1915.

On April 18th, 2018 Walker and six other unidentified British soldiers recovered with him were buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission New Irish Farm Cemetery in Belgium.

James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges. An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and is affiliated with the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Salonika Campaign Society and the Gallipoli Association.


  1. Andrew Robertshaw BA MA FSA

    I am responsible for the current archeological project at Hawthorn Crater on the Somme and for 30 previous projects. See ‘Digging the Trenches’ andvthe related ‘Ghosts on the Somme’ concerning the filming of that battle. My most recent big project was analysis of contemporary film for Peter Jackson. Would any of this work be of interest to the museum?

    • James Patton

      Your research is fascinating, but this blog is affiliated with the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kansas, which covers a great deal more subject material than the First World War. Plus there is very limited funding. Try the National World War One Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

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