Family of forgotten soldier find him again in cemetery of Alberta ghost town

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LOVETT, ALBERTA — Bill Taylor fires up his chainsaw. He expertly trims a dead spruce, branch by branch, before the tool falls hard on a bulbous mound of moss at the base of the tree.

Wiping the sweat from his brow, Mr. Taylor looks down at the moss.

“There might be a grave there. There are a lot of them here with no markers,” said Mr. Taylor. “I have to respect each of them. And when I’m done, this entire cemetery will look the way it should, the way it looked a century ago.”

Mr. Taylor committed himself to restoring the cemetery after finding out this year that long-forgotten First World War veteran Pte. John Lloyd was buried there 94 years ago this month, shortly after Armistice Day in 1918. The 99-year-old cemetery is located above the crumbling townsite of Lovett, a publicly inaccessible ghost town in Alberta’s historic Coal…

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