LAC helps identify soldiers killed during FWW

In his garden, almost a hundred years after World War I, a French teenager discovered the remains of eight Canadian soldiers.

The discovery started an investigation that led to the identification of five of the eight young men from the 78th Batallion of Winnipeg. The story was reported by CBC.

Files stored at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) – the organization holds the records of some 620,000 soldiers who fought in the First World War – helped identify Abraham Needlands, John Oscar Lindell, Lachlan McKinnon, William Simms and Sidney Halliday.

LAC shares below the war diaries of the 78th Canadian Infantry Battalion and all relevant documents related to those five brave Canadians.

Abraham Needlands:


John Oscar Lindell:


Lachlan McKinnon:


William Simms:


Sidney Halliday:

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