First World War remains identified as Manitoban


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A fifth unidentified Canadian soldier from the First World War has been identified.

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A fifth unidentified Canadian soldier from the First World War has been identified.

The federal National Defence Department said today that remains found in Hallu, France in 2006 and 2007 are Private Sidney Halliday. Four other remains found at the same time were previously identified.

The department and the Canadian Armed Forces are now working with the families of Halliday and four other soldiers and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to find a final resting place for all of them.

DND Private Sidney Halliday

Halliday, 22, moved to Manitoba in 1915, and fought with the 78th Battalion, also known as the Winnipeg Grenadiers.

A press release says the Grenadiers were to relieve the 3rd Division following the first attack of the Battle of Amiens. On Aug. 10, the 78th Battalion received orders to capture the small village of Hallu, located in the Somme region of France. During the advance, the 78th Battalion suffered over 46 fatalities and 54 missing, of whom 30 presently remain ‘missing’ with no known grave.

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