Lieut Clifford Abraham Neelands

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Lieut Clifford Abraham Neelands

  • Birth 4 Jan 1892 Barrie, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada
  • Death 11 Aug 1918 Hallu, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
  • Burial Caix, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
  • Plot II. AA. 12.
  • Memorial ID 56681813

He was previously commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.
He served with the 78th Bn. Canadian Infantry.
He was 27 and the son of John Henry and Mary Jane Neelands, of 725, Orange, California, U.S.A. Educated at Barrie High School. Born at Barrie, Ontario.


Almost 100 years after they died in battle, eight Canadian soldiers have been reburied with full military honours at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Caix British Cemetery in France. In attendance were family members of the soldiers and representatives from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).
The remains of the eight men were discovered in 2006 and 2007. Items found indicated that they were First World War soldiers of the Canadian Forces - specifically men from Winnipeg's 78th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry.
Research conducted by the Canadian military authorities established that the soldiers were killed on August 11, 1918 during an advance to capture the small village of Hallu, located in the Somme region of northern France.
In 2014, following detailed anthropological and historical research that included DNA testing, it proved possible to identify five of the men. They are:
• Lieutenant Clifford Abraham Neelands
• Private Sidney Halliday, 148581
• Lance Sergeant John Oscar Lindell, 147186
• Private Lachlan McKinnon, 148130
• Private William Simms, 148691


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56681813
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Clifford Abraham Neelands (4 Jan 1892–11 Aug 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56681813, citing Caix British Cemetery, Caix, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .