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September 29, 2014
WWI Canadian soldiers' remains identified
After almost 100 years these WW1 Canadian soldiers' remains have been identified. The Department of National Defence released the names of four men who died during the Battle of Amiens in August 1918.
Wounded at Battle of Amiens
from Collections Canada
Their bodies were found in 2006 in a back garden in Hallu, France, 120
kilometres north of Paris, by by 14-year-old Fabien
Demeusere. Eight soldiers' bodies were uncovered but so far only 4 hav been identified. The remains of the eight soldiers will be buried
next to each other near the graves of other soldiers from the 78th
Battalion at a ceremony set for May 2015 at Caix cemetery in France.
Neelands was born in Barrie, Ontario, and moved with his family to
Winnipeg. He worked as a real estate agent before joining the 78th
Battalion. Lt. Neelands was one of six officers in the 78th who died in
the Battle of Amiens.
McKinnon grew up in Scotland, arriving in Canada in 1913. He had
worked as a butcher. After he enlisted, he was back in the U.K. by 1915.
Before going to fight on the continent, he married a woman from
Glasgow. Pte. McKinnon was seriously wounded in his left leg while
serving as a rifleman on the Somme front in 1916.
William Simms of Canada's 78th Battalion died in the Battle of Amiens
in France on Aug. 11, 1918. (Archives/Royal Winnipeg Rifles Museum)
Simms was from a large farm family in Russell, Man. Pte. Simms took
part in all the major Canadian offensives of 1917. One of his brothers
also died in the war.
John Oscar Lindell
Lindell was born in Sweden in 1884, came to Canada when he was about
20 and ended up in Winnipeg. Lance Sgt. Lindell worked as a railroad
foreman before he joined the 78th battalion in 1915. Continue reading this story at WWI Canadian soldiers' remains identified