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Remains of Canadian soldier identified

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 28 Mei 2019 8:44    Onderwerp: Remains of Canadian soldier identified Reageer met quote

Remains of Canadian soldier killed in WWI identified in France more than a century after death
They were identified as those of Pte. George Alfred Newburn, who enlisted at age of 16 and died barely two years later during the Battle of Hill 70


OTTAWA — The remains of a Canadian soldier who was only 18 when he was killed in the First World War have been identified in France, more than 100 years after his death.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces say the remains were discovered in July 2017 near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil and were identified earlier this year as those of Pte. George Alfred Newburn.

He enlisted in Esquimalt at the age of 16 and died barely two years later on Aug. 15, 1917, during the first day of the Battle of Hill 70, a diversionary offensive aimed at distracting German reinforcements away from the Passchendaele battlefield.

In a statement, National Defence says Newburn was born in England but moved with his family to British Columbia.

He was assigned to the 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force just three days before the battle.

The department says members of Newburn’s family have been notified and he will be will be buried June 12 in France by his regiment, which is now known as the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own), based in Vancouver.

The ceremony will take place at the Loos British Cemetery outside Loos-en-Gohelle.

More than 9,000 Canadian soldiers died in the Battle of Hill 70.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says honouring the service of fallen members is a dearly held value of the Canadian Armed Forces.

“In June, we’ll pay tribute to Pte. George Alfred Newburn as we will lay him to rest in the place he helped to liberate. Let us never forget the courage of our Canadian battalions during the Battle of Hill 70, and forever honour their service,” Sajjan says in the statement.

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/remains-of-b-c-soldier-identified-in-france-more-than-a-century-after-death-2?fbclid=IwAR2HDAAXrHOntj6L_SNRiO6tEe8iGAAvbm55sMyRHlLQUAwUOurcq301unU
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Jun 2019 8:27    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Bericht van private George Newburn’s dood in de Victoria Times Colonist.

Bron: The British Columbia Regiment

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BerichtGeplaatst: 13 Jun 2019 8:49    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

De begrafenis van deze militair die op zijn 16de zich aanmeldde en op zijn 18de sneuvelde

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