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Eight Winnipeg soldiers who died in France in WWI buried with full honours

Lieutenant Clifford Neelands (Department of National Defence)
Eight Winnipeg soldiers who died in France in WWI buried with full military honours
Private Lachlan McKinnon/Soldat Lachlan McKinnon (Department of National Defence)
Private Sidney Halliday/Soldat Sidney Halliday (Department of National Defence)
Private William Simms/Soldat William Simms (Department of National Defence)
Lance Sergeant Oscar Lindell
The headstones of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion are displayed at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Flowers are laid at the headstones of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006.
 (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Members of the burial party from the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry carry an unknown soldier to his final resting place during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Members of the burial party from the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry stand at attention during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion are laid to rest at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Members of the burial party from the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry remove headdress during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Members of the burial party from the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry prepare to fold the casket flags during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Sergeant Marc-Andre Lachapelle, the bugler from the Royal 22e Regiment, plays the Last Post during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Colonel Guy Maillet, the Canadian Defence Attache Paris, salutes Clifford Teague, nephew of Lieutenant Clifford Neelands, at the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015  as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Don Gibbons, grand-nephew of Private Sidney Halliday, holds the Canadian flag presented to him during the ceremony at the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015. This burial was the largest of its kind since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Lieutenant Clifford Neelands - (Department of National Defence)
Private Lachlan McKinnon/Soldat Lachlan McKinnon - (Department of National Defence)
Private Sidney Halliday/Soldat Sidney Halliday - (Department of National Defence)
Private William Simms/Soldat William Simms - (Department of National Defence)
Lance Sergeant Oscar Lindell
The headstones of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion are displayed at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Flowers are laid at the headstones of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Members of the burial party from the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry carry an unknown soldier to his final resting place during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Members of the burial party from the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry stand at attention during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion are laid to rest at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Members of the burial party from the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry remove headdress during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Members of the burial party from the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry prepare to fold the casket flags during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Sergeant Marc-Andre Lachapelle, the bugler from the Royal 22e Regiment, plays the Last Post during the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Colonel Guy Maillet, the Canadian Defence Attache Paris, salutes Clifford Teague, nephew of Lieutenant Clifford Neelands, at the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015 as part of the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)
Don Gibbons, grand-nephew of Private Sidney Halliday, holds the Canadian flag presented to him during the ceremony at the burial of eight Canadian First World War soldiers from the 78th Battalion at the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France on 13 May 2015. This burial was the largest of its kind since the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification program started in 2006. - (Corporal Jordan Lobb, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Center, Ottawa)

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This article was published 13/5/2015 (1885 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

OTTAWA – Eight Winnipeg soldiers who died in France during the First World War were finally laid to rest with full military honours today.

The soldiers were from Winnipeg’s 78th Battalion, known as the Winnipeg Grenadiers.

Lt. Clifford Neelands

Lt. Clifford Neelands

The men were killed on Aug. 11, 1918 during a battle in the small village of Hallu, France, about 125 km northeast of Paris. More than 46 members of the Grenadiers were killed and 54 were listed as missing.

In 2006, a French teenager stumbled across the remains of a soldier while digging in his yard. An excavation in the area led to the discovery of an additional seven bodies in 2006 and 2007, five of which were identified last year by the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification Program. It’s believed the other three were also members of the Grenadiers but thus far they haven’t been identified.

The discovery of the bodies is the largest single find of unknown Canadian soldiers since the identification program began in 2006.

All eight were buried in the Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France, just a few kilometers west of where they had lain unknown for nearly nine decades.

Family members of the men attended the ceremony, with assistance from Veterans Affairs Canada.

The five soldiers who could be identified were:

Lt. Clifford Neelands, 26, who was born in Barrie, Ont, and moved to Winnipeg with his family. He lived on Dorchester Avenue and was working as a real estate agent when he enlisted in May 1916.

Lance Sgt. John Oscar Lindell

Lance Sgt. John Oscar Lindell

Lance Sgt. Oscar Lindell, 33, born in Sweden, worked as a railroad foreman when he enlisted in July 1915.

Private Sidney Halliday, 22, was born in England and listed his employment as a farmer in Minto, Man., when he enlisted in 1915. He was engaged when he left for Europe.

Private William Simms, 24, was from Russell, Man., and worked as a farmer before enlisting in 1916.

Private Lachlan McKinnon, 29, born in Scotland, he worked as a butcher before enlisting in September 1915. He got married after he was deployed to Europe.

Their names are all inscribed along with more than 11,000 others on the ramparts of the Vimy Ridge Memorial, all soldiers who were missing in France at the end of the First World War.

There are more than 19,000 Canadian soldiers who died in the First World War whose bodies were never found and are listed as missing.

The eight soldiers are now buried with 365 other Commonwealth servicemen in the cemetery in Caix.

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Pte. William Simms

Pte. William Simms

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