Vimy Ridge Soldier Buried after 90 years.
Date: Saturday, March 31 2007
Reservists prepare to go to France to bury soldier killed in First World War battle
Eighteen reservists are preparing for what would ordinarily be a grim and sad occasion — the burial of a fallen soldier.
But sadness has been replaced by a sense of pride and enthusiasm for their task. These soldiers — members of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment — will be burying a man who has been dead for 90 years.
Pte. Herbert Peterson of Hanna was killed during a raid on German trenches on the night of June 8-9, 1917, near Vimy Ridge. Peterson’s remains were not discovered until 2003. He was identified this February through a DNA match with a relative.
Peterson was a member of the Canadian 49th Battalion, the predecessor unit of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment.
On April 7, the group of soldiers who practised the burial drill will finally lay Peterson to rest in the La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, near Vimy Ridge in northern France.
“It will be a full and proper military burial,” said Capt. Malcolm Day, a spokesman for Alberta’s army reserve units. “The remains of thousands of soldiers who fell in the battles of the First World War were never recovered, so this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pay our respects to a fallen comrade.”