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Eight year old Albert Edward Ahmed, arrived in Canada in 1893, brought by the Dr. Barnardo Homes. Born Abdullah William L'Hage Ahmed, 1885 in Kennington, England, he was the son of L'Hage Ahmed and his wife Elizabeth Uncles. Albert was admitted to Barnardo’s at the age of seven after both his parents had died. Elizabeth had died when Albert was four, his father L’Hage, who was the head of a troop of acrobats, died a year after his wife. Albert left several siblings behind in England when he was removed to Canada. In Canada, he was placed with Gordon Emerson of Bervie, Ontario. Indicating he had stayed with Mr. Emerson, Albert was awarded the Barnardo Home silver Good Conduct Medal. This was awarded to the boys in Canada who stayed with their first placement for a certain amount of years and whose conduct was worthy of recognition.
Albert enlisted in Tiverton Ontario in April of 1916. He arrived in England later that year. He was overseas for some time before he transferred to the 78th battalion, just months before they found themselves at the battle of Amiens, his first direct action, and his last. On October 11, just three days into this battle, during the attack on Hallu, twenty nine year old Albert went missing and was declared dead, killed by enemy shell fire. His name would be etched on the Vimy Memorial in France.
In 2006, then 14-yearold Fabien Demeusere was looking for badges buckles and old cartridges near a depression in his backyard in Hallu, France. His family home had been built on the old battlefield. Digging deeper he came across human remains, later identified as eight soldiers of the 78th Winnipeg Grenadiers who were killed on Aug 11, 1918.
One of these solders has been tentatively identified as Albert Edward Ahmed. Although DNA testing has not proven to be one hundred percent conclusive, Albert’s family is convinced it is him.
In May of 2015, a special internment ceremony to bury the soldiers with military honours alongside others of the 78th took place at a cemetery in Caix France. There to honour Albert’s sacrifice was his family who had been recently located.