Loos British Cemetery, France - Burial Ceremony 24 th August 2017

Burial ceremony in honour of two soldiers - Private Reginald Joseph Winfield Johnston and Sergeant Harold Wilfred Shaughnessy .

Private Johnston of Fairford, Manitoba, was a member of the 16th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, a unit perpetuated by The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) of Victoria, B.C.

He was a homesteader until he enlisted in Winnipeg on 19 January 1916, at the age of 20. He was killed on 15 or 16 August 1917, in the Battle of Hill 70, at the age of 22. His remains were discovered on 2 August 2011, during a munitions clearing process in advance of a construction project near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil, France.

Sergeant Harold Wilfred Shaughnessy of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, 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 was a stenographer before enlisting in Montreal on 4 August 1915, at the age of 31. He was killed on 15 August 1917, in the Battle of Hill 70, at the age of 33. His remains were discovered on 6 June 2016, during a munitions clearing process in advance of a construction project near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil, France.

 

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