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Souris, P.E.I. man reunited with late brother's glasses after 71 years

A Souris man will soon be reunited with a family heirloom that belonged to his brother, something that goes back to the Second World War.

Bert Boertien's brother was killed in Holland during the war, glasses found in attic of farm

Bert Boertien excited to receive brother's glasses from 1945

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A Souris man will soon be reunited with a family heirloom that belonged to his brother, something that goes back to the Second World War.

Bert Boertien's brother, Berend, was 18 when he was accidently killed working in a farmer's field in Holland in 1945, by an Allied bomb.

The farmer kept Berend's glasses, as well as a newspaper clipping about the accident.

Both were recently found in the farmer's attic by his great-grandson, and he posted about it on Facebook.

Boertien's nephew — who lives in Holland — read about it, made contact, and will now mail the glasses to P.E.I., for his uncle.

Boertien remembers his mother looking for his late brother's glasses when his coffin arrived at their home. (CBC)
"It was a shock, you know, why, this stuff comes up, it's more or less forgotten," said Boertien.

"We remember my mother was looking for the glasses when the body came home, but nobody had any idea where they were, or what happened to them. Well, there was no communication. So then all of the sudden, they popped up now. The farmer who bundled up my brother, apparently he must have found them there, it's just a shock."

Boertien said he is going to give the glasses to his son, who is named after his brother.

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