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WW1 Canadian Casualty ID'd Through DNA

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, May 29, 2019.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Amazing what they can do now.
    "In a bombed-out trench crisscrossed with barbed wire, an 18-year-old Esquimalt man laid down his life in 1917.
    Since then, some 101 years after a horrendous First World War battle, he has lived on in name only.
    But that ended Monday.
    The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have identified a once unknown warrior’s remains as Pte. George Alfred Newburn of Esquimalt.
    "Private George Alfred Newburn is part of a proud legacy of Canadians who fought valiantly as members of our expeditionary force, demonstrating great courage and character in the face of tremendous adversity,” said Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay.
    Born in England, Newburn moved to the Victoria suburb of Esquimalt where he signed up to fight in 1915. Newburn was only 16 years old when he enlisted as a member of the 88th Overseas Battalion (Victoria Fusiliers).
    Two years later, while stationed near the French village of Vendin-le-Vieil, Newburn would be called into action. His unit would be part of the historic taking of Hill 70."
    DNA identifies Esquimalt soldier 101 years after death in WWI
  2. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

    Jan 5, 2009
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    A nice story. It's nice to know they're still working on identifying the lost. I hope they keep doing it. It's never too late.

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