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Burial today of Private Thomas Lawless, 49th Battalion, CEF

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#1 J Banning

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:05 pm

Today saw the burial of Private Thomas Lawless, 49th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force almost 94 years after he was killed in action. He was buried with full military honours in Vimy with members of his family in attendance. A thread on his identification can be found here: http://1914-1918.inv...1

Some photos from the service can be found on the Calgary Sun website here: http://www.calgarysu...5/17625566.html

I have also been sent some photos from today's service – see below. A précis of the story can be found by clicking HERE.

RIP Private Lawless.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:24 pm

A truly wonderful effort.
Now fully at rest and in from the cold.
God rest him and keep him.


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Posted 15 March 2011 - 10:46 pm

Thank you for sharing this. Rest in Peace.



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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:25 pm

There are indeed some remarkable results being achieved by dedicated people using the latest investigative techniques in order that those such as Private Lawless and the Australian Private Mather are accorded the respect and dignified treatment that they so justly deserve. Just think that a few short years ago these men would have been buried in a war cemetery as "Known unto God" and their names would appear only on those great monuments to the missing. I do think that it is very important that a record of both the finding and identification of these and similar cases should be detailed both in the cemetery visitor’s book and CWGC cemetery database or this information will be denied to future generations.


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Posted 16 March 2011 - 02:22 pm

So pleasing that they were blessed with good weather on the day.

As has been said, a really excellent result through proper deployment of modern technology.