23 August 2018

Burial service for four Canadian First World War soldiers at Loos British Cemetery

A burial service for four Canadian First World War soldiers will take place at 13:30 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Loos British Cemetery in France.

Stone of Remembrance at Tyne Cot Cemetery 

Thursday 23rd August 13:00pm - Loos British Cemetery in France

One casualty was recovered at the site of a construction project in Lens, France, and has been identified as Private John Henry Thomas. Private Thomas was killed on 19 August 1917 during the Battle of Hill 70 whilst serving with the 26th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

The remaining three casualties were all recovered near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil, France and have been identified as Private William Del Donegan, Private Henry Priddle, and Sergeant Archibald Wilson. All three soldiers were also killed during the Battle of Hill 70 whilst serving with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Following the initial recovery by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s staff,  the identifications were made by The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

The service has been organised by the DND and the CAF and will be attended by Government of Canada and regimental representatives, family members, and the CWGC. The public is welcome to attend.