WWII soldier’s body found in France ID’d as Canadian

Graeme Gordon

Published:May 23, 2019

Sergeant John Albert Collis.The family of Sergeant Collis

In the hedgerows of Normandy there was blood.

Much of it Canadian during the Allies desperate fight to break out and flush the Nazi scourge from Europe.

On July 25, 1944, Sgt. John Albert Collis lost his life fighting for freedom in Operation Spring — a plan to liberate France’s Verrieres Ridge and adjacent villages, but the German forces were well fortified and the Allies suffered high casualties.

Among the dead was Brampton native Collis.

His skeletal remains were discovered 73 years later just outside of the village of Verrieres, France.

The remains were identified as his on March 18, 2019 through a process of historical, genealogical, anthropological, archaeological, odontological, and DNA analysis.

The Government of Canada announced the discovery on Wednesday.

He was a member of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry under the Canadian Active Service Force at the time he was killed at age 28.

Sergeant John Albert Collis, likely in 1939 or 1940 while still a corporal. Family of Sergeant Collis

“It is our duty to provide a dignified and respectful interment to fallen service members who are recovered and identified,” said Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan.

“The Canadian troops’ success on the battlefields came at a high cost during the Second World War. Sergeant Collis’ interment is an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect upon those who served during the war, and to never forget their courage. We will remember them.”

Veteran Affairs Canada notified members of Collis’ family and is providing support for final arrangements.

The soldier’s remains will be interred June 7 at the temporary grave site he was given at the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in France.

The burial will be part of a ceremony held by the Government of Canada to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Canadian infantrymen heading to battle at dawn for Operation Spring in the south of Vaucelles, France, July 25, 1944. Lieutenant Ken Bell / Canada. Dept. of National Defence

“If you consider France 1944 there were several episodes of extreme movement in which more chaotic conditions would have prevailed,” said University of Ottawa history professor Thomas Boogaart, theorizing on why Collis’ body was not found until now and he was given a temporary grave site at the cemetery in France.

“(Looking at a historical map) provides a clue — the soldier was likely part of (Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery) Monty’s army trying, and failing, to close the Falaise Gap. If they had been successful the war might have ended in 1944. As it was, the German front collapsed and the Allied units advanced all the way to the Rhine before running out of gas. If the unit was on the move a temporary internment might have made sense and records could have been lost in the chaos that ensued,” said Boogaart. “This, however, is just a theory based on two circumstantial pieces of evidence.”

Sergeant Collis was born on in Lowville, Ont. on Oct. 14, 1915 to George Collis and Florence May Collis (nee Cooper) of Milton, Ontario. At the time of his enlistment he was a widower with one daughter.

He was granted authorization to marry Dorothy Ruby Collis (nee Campbell) on Oct. 14, 1939, with whom he had a son.

A letter from Sergeant John Albert Collis to his daughter Joan.

FATAH: They should’ve called it the Christchurch-Colombo Call for Action

Tarek Fatah

Published:May 21, 2019

Arwen~ Good points made…check it out.

In this March 23, 2019 file photo, worshippers prepare to enter the Al Noor mosque a week after a mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.Mark Baker / AP File Photo

Oscar Wilde once said, “When good Americans die, they go to Paris.” Maybe that is the reason there were no Americans at last week’s Paris Summit hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand to “curb online extremism.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was there alongside Britain’s embattled Theresa May and other liberal politicians of Europe who signed on to what they called the “Christchurch Call to Action” to commemorate the killing of 51 Muslims in a massacre at two mosques in the New Zealand city on March 15.

The coming together of Western leaders within two months after the horrific hate fest was welcomed by one and all. But between March 15 in Christchurch and May 15 in Paris, there were other horrific acts of genocidal nature in Asia and Africa, that went completely unmentioned in the Paris document.

Representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK all seemed to have etched ‘Christchurch’ on their minds, but could not recall the massacre a week later of over 250 Christians by Islamist terrorists in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Jordan’s British-born King Abdullah and ambassadors from Indonesia, India and  Senegal joined their former European colonial masters in Paris, but they too didn’t utter a single word in solidarity with those who died in Colombo.

The question is, why didn’t prime ministers Macron and Ardern invite Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the summit? With him at the table they could have named the summit the ‘Christchurch-Colombo Call for Action,’ but sadly they did not. As they say, it’s all about ‘location, location, location.’

The president of Nigeria too was conspicuous by his absence as was the leader of Burkina Faso, two countries where many more than the Christchurch 51 have died at the hands of terrorists.

Seems the narcissism of Ardern got in the way of her better judgment. It was irresponsible and hypocritical for the West’s leaders to demand that hatred be eradicated from the internet, but not from the minds of people ideologically driven towards supremacy, be it White or Islamic.

Here is a sample of hatred that does not require the internet and social media. It’s targeted at vulnerable Muslim youth, sowing the seeds of revulsion towards non-Muslims.

From a sermon at a Toronto mosque a few years ago: “O Allah! Count their number, slay them [non-Muslims] one by one and make them a lesson to their likenesses. Oh Allah, Defeat them and make the ground shake beneath their feet, and show us in them the wonders of your Might, for they are weak before You, O Mighty, O Powerful.”

Stateside, the recent uncovering of a video showing Muslim children chanting at a Philadelphia Islamic event was shocking. “We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque … We will subject them to eternal torture,” chanted the girls.

Elsewhere, earlier this year, Kuwaiti singer Monia Al-Hob told a public TV network that on Judgment day, “we will kill all the Jews,” adding that Jews will have a special gate to hell.

Its quite likely this new breed of ‘young and beautiful’ leaders in the West have had little time to read anything of substance. It may help them to read up on hate-based killing from before both the internet and electricity was born. Two examples of the pre-Facebook and Twitter era may help.

The 1971 genocide in Bangladesh by Pakistan and the 2002 genocide of Darfuris by the Arab Janjaweed. But unfortunately, they come with a Colombo stamp on them, not one made-in-Christchurch. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/fatah-they-shouldve-called-it-the-christchurch-colombo-call-for-action?fbclid=IwAR17oHS9cct2GMyRNOQx-2ivQCZwW5t00lMPh-aZlDS7FgLwsAfGPuG8LDs