Canadian First World War soldier found in France and identified

Sergeant Harold Wilfred Shaughnessy
Sergeant Harold Wilfred Shaughnessy

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The remains of a First World War soldier found near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil, France, were recently identified as those of Sergeant Harold Wilfred Shaughnessy of St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

Sergeant Shaughnessy was a member of the 13th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), a unit perpetuated by The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, of Montreal. He will be buried at Loos British Cemetery outside Loos-en-Gohelle, France, later this year by his Regiment.

This identification was made by the Department of National Defence’s Casualty Identification Program. The goal of this program is to identify unknown soldiers when their remains are discovered, so that they may be buried with a name by their Regiment and in the presence of their family. In striving towards this aim, the program fosters a sense of continuity and identity within the Canadian Armed Forces, as it provides an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect upon the experiences of those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

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