Canadian Second World War soldier laid to rest

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A Second World War soldier whose remains were identified in May has been laid to rest with military honours by his unit, The Algonquin Regiment, in Adegem Canadian War Cemetery outside Bruges, Belgium.

The ceremony marked 72 years to the day that Private Kenneth Donald Duncanson lost his life during an attempt by The Algonquin Regiment to establish a bridgehead crossing of the Dérivation de la Lys and the Leopold Canal. Pte Duncanson, who was from Dutton, Ontario, was 29 at the time of his death on September 14, 1944.

His remains were found in a farmer’s field near Molentje, a hamlet in the municipality of Damme, Belgium, by a metal detector hobbyist on November 11, 2014. His remains were fully recovered by the Raakvlak Intercommunal Archaeological Service of Bruges, with assistance from DND’s Casualty Identification Program, and support of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Embassy of Canada to Belgium, and the Canadian Defence Attaché.

Adegem Canadian War Cemetery contains the graves of 848 Canadians many of which died in the fall of 1944 during the Liberation of Belgium and the Battle of the Scheldt.

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