May 13, 2015 is the date eight Canadian WWI soldier will be laid to rest at Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France.
Lieutenant Clifford Neelands, Lance Sargeant Oscar Lindell, Private Sidney Halliday, Private William Simms, and Private Lachlan McKinnon of the 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force are five of eight members whose remains were discovered in 2006-2007.
The remains were found in the backyard of a private home in Hallu, a small village in the Somme region of France in 2006-2007.
The five known members were identified in 2014.
All died August 11, 1918 while advancing toward Hallu, France.
Family members and government and military representatives will be in attendance.
A Canadian WWII soldier, Pte. Albert Laubenstein was laid to rest on May 6, 2015 about 70 km from where he died in the Canadian War Cemetery.
He was killed during hostilities in the Netherlands toward the end of WWII.
Using dental records, historical knowledge and artifacts were key to his identification. His remains were found last year and his burial took place during a week of events to mark Canada’s part in the liberation of the Netherlands.
Laubenstein was buried with military honours on Wednesday at the Canadian War Cemetery, about 70 kilometres from where he fought and died.
Pugliese, David; “Eight Canadian First World War soldiers to be buried on May 13 in France;” Ottawa Citizen website; May 6, 2015.
Carlson, Mark; Associated Press; “Canadian soldier buried in the Netherlands 70 years after his death;” thestar.com; May 6, 2015.