Interment ceremony for a Canadian soldier of the Second World War

Media advisory

May 23, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Media are invited to attend the interment ceremony of a Canadian soldier of the Second World War on June 7, 2019, at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in France. This will take place during a ceremony organized by the Government of Canada to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

The Canadian Armed Forces will conduct a ceremony with the soldier’s relatives in attendance, with the support of Veterans Affairs Canada. Representatives of the Government of Canada will also be in attendance.

What:  Interment ceremony of Sergeant John Albert Collis, a Canadian soldier of the Second World War.

When: June 7, 2019, at 10 am (Central European Time).

Where: Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in Calvados, France.

Additional information:

On May 22, 2019, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces announced the identification of partial skeletal remains found near the village of Verrières, France, as belonging to Sergeant John Albert Collis, a Canadian soldier of the Second World War. Sergeant Collis enlisted in September 1939, in Brampton, Ontario, with the Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment). He died on July 25, 1944, during Operation SPRING, as a member of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Canadian Active Service Force), near the village of Verrières, in the commune of Saint-Martin-de-Fontenay, France.

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Notes to editor / news director:

Media are asked to confirm their attendance no later than May 30, 2019, at 4 pm by contacting Captain Jeremy Mathews at jeremy.mathews@forces.gc.ca or 613-539-2217.

Cemetery directions: the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery lies on the west side of the main road between Caen and Falaise (route N158) approximately 14 kilometres south of Caen and just north of the village of Cintheaux. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres southwest of the cemetery.

Members of the media that have not registered by May 30 will not be able to access the ceremony. All registered media will be receiving details regarding access to the site after registration.

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 Jeremy Mathews as indicated above.

Contacts

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

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
Phone: 613-992-7468
Email: vac.media-medias.acc@canada.ca


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