Canadian WWI vet to be buried with honours in France
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, October 25, 2011 7:53AM EDT
TORONTO - The remains of a Canadian soldier who died near the end of the First World War will be buried Tuesday in France.
The remains of Private Alexander Johnston of Hamilton were discovered in France in 2008, but were only identified March thanks to DNA testing.
The Defence Department says Johnston -- a member of the 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) -- was killed during battle in Raillencourt Saint-Olle.
He died on Sept. 29, 1918 -- less than two months before the armistice.
Johnston's relatives are expected to attend a burial with full military honours today at Le Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery in Sailly, France.
Johnston was born in Scotland in 1885 and moved to Hamilton in his late twenties. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force on Jan. 5, 1918.