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Canadian soldier from First World War identified

Canadian soldier from First World War identified
A First World War soldier whose remains were found in Hallu, France, has been identified. Scott Barbour / Getty Images

A soldier whose remains were found in Hallu, France, has been identified.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces announced Wednesday they have identified the remains as Private Sidney Halliday, a Canadian solider from the First World War.

A First World War soldier whose remains were found in Hallu, France, has been identified as Private Sidney Halliday, a Canadian soldier from Manitoba.
A First World War soldier whose remains were found in Hallu, France, has been identified as Private Sidney Halliday, a Canadian soldier from Manitoba. Government of Canada

Though he was born in England, Halliday moved to Manitoba in 1915. He fought in the First World War with the 78th Battalion, dubbed the Winnipeg Grenadiers.

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On Aug. 10, 1918, the battalion was ordered to capture the village of Hallu. According to a government statement, 46 members of the 78th Battalion died during the advance. Fifty four were missing – to this day 30 are still considered “missing” having no known grave.

Halliday was 22 when he died. The government said it will now work with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Halliday’s relatives to find an appropriate and final resting place for the soldier.

Since 2006, the DND and CAF have been working to identify remains of missing military members. In 2006 and 2007 the remains of eight soldiers were located in Hallu. Four of these Canadian soldiers were identified earlier this year.