The body of a soldier killed in battle in the Second World War and only found last June has been identified as Private Albert Laubenstein from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Pte Laubenstein joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1940 at the age of 25. He served with various units during the war including the 102nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Artillery, the 4th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps and finally with The Lincoln and Welland Reginment.
Pte Laubenstein was killed during the Battle of Kapelsche Veer on January 26, 1945 and buried in a battlefield grave that could not be located at the end of the war. In June 2014 the remains of the long lost Canadian soldier were discovered on the southern banks of the river Maas near Sprang-Capelle, Netherlands by someone walking the area with a metal detector.
Using a mixture of dental records and artifacts the remains were identified and Pte Laubenstein's family notified. The Department of National Defence said in a statement that his remains will be interred at Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery in Noord-Brabant, in the Netherlands, on May 6, 2015.
“After all these years, it is with great honour that we are finally able to lay Private Laubenstein to rest with the honour and dignity he so greatly deserves. His courage, dedication, and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country will never be forgotten," Defence Minister Jason Kenney said in a statement.