May 23, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Media are invited to attend the interment ceremony of a Canadian soldier of the Second World War on June 7, 2019, at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in France. This will take place during a ceremony organized by the Government of Canada to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
The Canadian Armed Forces will conduct a ceremony with the soldier’s relatives in attendance, with the support of Veterans Affairs Canada. Representatives of the Government of Canada will also be in attendance.
What: Interment ceremony of Sergeant John Albert Collis, a Canadian soldier of the Second World War.
When: June 7, 2019, at 10 am (Central European Time).
Where: Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in Calvados, France.
On May 22, 2019, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces announced the identification of partial skeletal remains found near the village of Verrières, France, as belonging to Sergeant John Albert Collis, a Canadian soldier of the Second World War. Sergeant Collis enlisted in September 1939, in Brampton, Ontario, with the Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment). He died on July 25, 1944, during Operation SPRING, as a member of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Canadian Active Service Force), near the village of Verrières, in the commune of Saint-Martin-de-Fontenay, France.