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Souris man has glasses of late brother returned - 7 decades later

After more than seven decades and a little help from social media, a Souris, P.E.I., man has finally been reunited with a piece of his family's history - possessions of his brother killed overseas during the Second World War.

Brother was killed in Holland in 1945, his missing glasses recently discovered in farmhouse attic

Berend Boertien was 18 years old when he was accidentally killed in 1945 in Holland, but his glasses were missing until now. (CBC)

After more than seven decades and a little help from social media, a Souris, P.E.I. man has finally been reunited with a piece of his family's history.

Bert Boertien found out a few weeks ago a special package was en route from Holland.

And when it arrived, he could hardly believe his eyes.

"It never, never crossed my mind. It was all forgotten," he said. "You'd never expect that kind of thing to happen."

Bert Boertien examines the glasses that have just arrived from Holland. (CBC)
Inside was a pair of glasses, some photos and a newspaper clipping.

For Boertien, it was some of the only pieces left of his brother's short life.

At 18 years old, Berend Boertien was accidently killed by an Allied bomb while working in a farmer's field in Holland in 1945.

The farmer's great-grandson came across the box in an attic recently and shared the story on Facebook.

Before long, a family member in Europe found out about it, tracked down the package and sent it to P.E.I.

And though he never expected it to show up, Boertien is relieved to have it home.

Bert's late brother Berend is seen at the left of this photo. (Bert Boertien)
"It was completely forgotten...all them years," said Boertien. "Sometimes it's in the background but it's gone, you know and then all of a sudden it's there again."

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

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