April 20, 2015

Body of WWII Canadian soldier identified in Holland

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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.


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commented 2015-04-21 09:14:16 -0400
Thank you soldier. Your family and country is proud of you. Pte Laubenstein RIP.
commented 2015-04-21 05:46:34 -0400
May his soul now rest in peace. Thank you for your sacrifice and for the freedom I enjoyed today.
commented 2015-04-20 23:44:27 -0400
we can never do enough to honor our veterans, Albert Laubenstein never had the opportunity to see the results of his and many others sacrifice.
commented 2015-04-20 21:50:26 -0400
When the Islamists take over Holland…one of the things they will do is disinter the graves of all “infidels” as pollution and toxic waste. Israel pays “protection” to have the cemeteries in Bagdad left alone…the Palestinians in Gaza have disinterred all Jewish graves and cast the bones into the Mediterranean Sea. This has also been done in Libya.

Now before anyone calls me an “Islamophobe” let me make it clear that I am no friend of ANYONE who has appointed themselves to be God’s bailiff by virtue of having read ink stains on paper. Satan can cite scripture.
commented 2015-04-20 21:09:44 -0400
Another of our lost lads accounted for…well done, Private.
commented 2015-04-20 17:51:02 -0400
Thank you, Pte Laubenstein, for your tremendous sacrifice. RIP.
commented 2015-04-20 16:42:21 -0400
This is good news that he was found. His family can have real closure and truly lay him to rest. Great story that he was found.
commented 2015-04-20 15:31:44 -0400
Very moving—from 70 years ago.