Canadian casualties reinterred
13 May 2015
Almost 100 years after they died in battle, eight Canadian
soldiers have been reburied with full military honours at the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Caix British Cemetery in France.
In attendance were family members of the soldiers and
representatives from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Armed
Forces and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).
The remains of the eight men were discovered in 2006 and 2007.
Items found indicated that they were First World War soldiers of
the Canadian Forces - specifically men from Winnipeg's 78th
Battalion of the Canadian Infantry.
Research conducted by the Canadian military authorities
established that the soldiers were killed on August 11, 1918 during
an advance to capture the small village of Hallu, located in the
Somme region of northern France.
In 2014, following detailed anthropological and historical
research that included DNA testing, it proved possible to identify
five of the men. They are:
• Lieutenant Clifford Abraham Neelands
• Private Sidney Halliday, 148581
• Lance Sergeant John Oscar Lindell, 147186
• Private Lachlan McKinnon, 148130
• Private William Simms, 148691
The CWGC's, Head of External Engagement in Western Europe, Carl
Liversage said: "These men fought together and died together, and
today we are deeply honoured to lay them to rest together in one of
the CWGC's cemeteries, in a manner that befits the sacrifice they
made. We recognise their courage and will always remember