Loos British Cemetery, France - Funeral Service.

A burial service for four Canadian First World War soldiers took place at 13:30h on 23rd August 2018 at Loos British Cemetery in France.


One casualty was recovered at the site of a construction project in Lens, France, and has been identified as Private John Henry Thomas. Private Thomas was killed on 19 August 1917 during the Battle of Hill 70 whilst serving with the 26th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.The remaining three casualties were all recovered near the village of Vendin-le-Vieil, France and have been identified as Private William Del Donegan, Private Henry Priddle, and Sergeant Archibald Wilson. All three soldiers were also killed during the Battle of Hill 70 whilst serving with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.  Following the initial recovery by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s staff,  the identifications were made by The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).


The service has been organised by the DND and the CAF and attended by Government of Canada and regimental representatives, family members, and the CWGC.