The remains of a Second World War soldier found on Remembrance Day in a farmer’s field in Belgium have been identified as those of Pte. Kenneth Donald Duncanson from Dutton, Ontario.
“We are grateful for the dedication of the Raakvlak Intercommunal Archaeological Service of Belgium, and the support of our international partners, which ultimately made it possible for our officers to identify Private Duncanson, and to provide a sense of closure to his family, his Regiment, and the country which he served,” Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s Defence Minister said in a statement. “He will not be forgotten.”
The Wallacetown native lived in Dutton following his marriage in 1939. Duncanson enlisted on August, 24, 1942.
The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces stated that Duncanson was a member of The Algonquin Regiment, which served in 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Armoured Division in Northwest Europe.
The soldier was killed at the age of 29 during an attempt to establish a bridgehead crossing of the Derivation de la Lys and the Leopold Canal in Belgium on September, 14, 1944.
Duncanson’s family have been notified, and Veterans Affairs is helping the family with final arrangements.
The soldier’s remains are to be brought to the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery in Belgium in the fall of 2016 by his regiment. Duncanson’s next-of-kin have been invited to attend.