Today, a solemn ceremony is held in Belgium to formally rest a young Newfoundland who has lain in an unmarked grave for a century.
17-year-old Private John Lambert of St. John’s was killed in August 1917 and buried with some British soldiers near St. Julien in Belgium.
Their remains were discovered during an archeological dig in April 2016, and coincidentally, a shoulder patch was found that clearly read NFLD among the remains.
Forensic anthropologist Dr. Sarah Lockyer, coordinator of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Casualty Identification Program, has positively identified the remains of Private Lambert, aided by archival searches conducted by The Rooms.
Members of Lambert’s family are in Belgium for the ceremony.