Canadian soldier of the First World War to be buried in France

Media advisory

May 31, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Media are invited to attend the burial of a Canadian soldier of the First World War on June 12, 2019, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Loos British Cemetery outside Loos-en-Gohelle, France.

The Canadian Armed Forces will conduct the burial with the family of the soldier in attendance, with the support of Veterans Affairs Canada. Representatives of the Government of Canada and the Government of France will also be in attendance.

What:
Military burial of Private George Alfred Newburn, a Canadian soldier of the First World War.
When:
June 12, 2019, at 1:30 pm; media are to be in location by 12:45 pm (Central European Time).
Where:
CWGC Loos British Cemetery near Loos-en-Gohelle, France.

Additional information:

On May 27, 2019, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces announced the identification of the remains of a Canadian soldier of the First World War found near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil, France, as Private George Alfred Newburn, 18 years old. Private Newburn enlisted in Victoria, British Columbia. He died on August 15, 1917, in the Battle of Hill 70, as a member of the 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion (British Columbia), Canadian Expeditionary Force, a unit perpetuated by the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) of Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Notes to editor / news director:

Media are asked to confirm attendance no later than June 11, 2019 at 4 pm by contacting Captain Kathleen Soucy at kathleen.soucy@forces.gc.ca or 613-408-8692.

Cemetery directions: From Lens, take N43 towards Bethune. Arriving at Loos, turn right at the CWGC sign post. Loos British Cemetery is approximately 1 kilometre from Loos Church in the southern part of the village.

Imagery and video will be available in the Canadian Armed Forces Imagery Gallery.

The Canadian Armed Forces has the capacity to set up HD TV interviews from the ceremony using Dejero equipment. For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Captain Kathleen Soucy as indicated above.

Contact

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

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