The Casualty Identification Program: Identifying the remains of Canadian soldiers from the First and Second World Wars and the Korean Conflict

Event Description

The Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia extends an invitation to hear a video-conference presentation Wednesday, 20 October by Dr Sarah Lockyer, Directorate History & Heritage, Department of National Defence.  The topic of her presentation is "The Casualty Identification Program: Identifying the remains of Canadian soldiers from the First and Second World Wars and the Korean Conflict."  Her bio is attached.

As a result of the First and Second World Wars as well as the conflict in Korea, there are more than 27,000 Canadian service members who have no known grave. The skeletal remains of those service members are found every year through a number of different types of modern human activity. The Casualty Identification Program does everything in its power to identify the skeletal human remains of service members deemed to be Canadian. There are many variables acting on each case, which will determine the methods used in the investigative process. This presentation will discuss the process undertaken by the Casualty Identification Program to identify the newly discovered skeletal remains of Canadian service members so that they may be buried with their name, by their unit, and in the presence of family.
The talk will start at 1 pm Atlantic/Halifax time, Wednesday, 20 October then be followed by Q&A and finish by 3 pm Atlantic/Halifax time.
Registration is required.  There is no fee to attend this event.  To register, email by close of business Sunday, 17 October.  As the subject line for your registration email, put: RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker 20 October 2021 Registration.  In addition to your name, please provide your organization.  Participation will be limited.  If after registering your availability changes and you are no longer able to attend, please advise RUSI(NS) as soon as possible so your spot can be re-assigned.
The event will be done by Zoom.  Instructions will be emailed to registrants by end Monday, 18 October.
RUSI(NS) events may be cancelled at short notice.  Email RUSI(NS) if there is a question about an event occurring.


Dr. Sarah Lockyer
Dr. Sarah Lockyer has a BSc in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal, an MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London and a PhD in Bioarchaeology from Bournemouth University. She is the Casualty Identification Coordinator for Canada’s Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces and works to identify the newly discovered skeletal remains of Canadian soldiers killed in action during the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean Conflict.

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October 20, 2021