DNA tests show Canadian soldier kept in WWII German crypt

25th February 2014, Comments 0 comments

DNA tests on the remains of a World War II soldier kept in an crypt of German soldiers in northern France have revealed he was Canadian, a French official said Tuesday.

Tests on a tooth of the fallen soldier identified him as Lawrence S. Gordon, who fought for the US army, said Renaud Gaudel, a prosecutor in the northwestern town of Coutances.

The ossuary in Huisnes-sur-Mer houses the remains of nearly 12,000 German soldiers brought from 11 burial sites.

The tests were launched on September 13 last year to determine the identity of the unknown soldier, who had been presumed to be German.

The DNA on the tooth corresponded to that of Gordon's maternal line. The Canadian soldier was born on June 26, 1916 and died on August 13, 1944.

"He was classed German because he was in a German jacket," Lucien Tisserand, the curator of the German cemetery told AFP.

"As is often the case, he did not have any identity tags on him."

Tisserand said he had met with Gordon's nephew a few months ago, who was trying to trace the soldier's remains.

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