6:10pm – Tuesday, August 11 on ABC1
The second series of this acclaimed program returns to uncover the past and solve mysteries using a mixture of archaeology, forensics and geneaology.
In Northern France, an excavation yields evidence of WW1 mortar bombs. Its position reveals it to be a trench that was key to the Allied taking of ‘Hill 70′ during 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 led the group into battle. As they close in on how he came to be there, they uncover the moving, Dickensian story of this ‘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.
This Barnardo Boy episode was awarded the 2009 Golden Sheaf for Best History Documentary.