Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 07, 2007 08:00 ET

Canadian First World War Soldier Buried with Full Military Honours

PAS-DE-CALAIS, FRANCE--(CCNMatthews - April 7, 2007) - Almost 90 years after his death, Canadian First World War hero, Private Herbert Peterson was buried with full military honours today at La Chaudiere Military Cemetery in France.

"It is very gratifying that we can properly put to rest a Canadian who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our way of life," said the Honourable Greg Thompson, who attended both the funeral service and interment ceremony. "We are now also able to share Private Peterson's full story of courage with other Canadians, and we will remember him as we mark the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge."

The Government of Canada arranged for Private Peterson's niece, Mrs. Doreen Bargholz and her brother, Mr. Herbert Peterson - named after Private Peterson, to attend the funeral and burial. The service coincides with events marking the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

"I can't remember my grandparents talking too much about it, but my dad never got over it. They were really close and he never got closure because his brother was reported missing and there was no body to bury," said Mrs. Bargholz. "I just wish my dad could be here. I wish he knew they found him. I am comforted to know now that my uncle has been properly buried."

Private Peterson came from Barry Creek, Alberta. Born on December 14, 1895, he was the son of Charles and Julia Peterson of Rose Lynn, Alberta. He had five brothers, Gustave, Glen, Clarence, Roland and Carl. Glen Peterson was Mrs. Bargholz's and Mr. Peterson's father.

The Peterson burial is the first Canadian event in a series of events coinciding with the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Commemorations will culminate on April 9 with the Ceremony of Remembrance and dedication of the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

For more information on Vimy events, visit or call toll-free 1-800-443-0394.

VIMY - Honour the Legacy

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    Stephanie Richardson
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    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Gerald A. Lefebvre
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