First World War soldier reburied after DNA tests

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The Independent Online

A soldier whose body has lain in an unmarked grave for nearly 100 years will finally be buried with full military honours.

Private Alexander Johnston died in northern France just months before the end of the First World War but his body was only identified in March this year thanks to DNA testing.

He was born in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in 1885 and moved to Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. In January 1918 he joined the 78th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, and was killed nine months later, aged 33, during the Battle of the Canal du Nord.