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 Canada's Last WW 1 Veteran Gone. End of an era.

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PostSubject: Canada's Last WW 1 Veteran Gone. End of an era.   19/2/2010, 05:17

The Prime Minister's Office says Canada's last known First World War veteran, John Babcock, has died at age 109.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement in Ottawa Thursday night announcing Babcock's death.
"As a nation, we honour his service and mourn his passing," Harper said. "The passing of Mr. Babcock marks the end of an era."
Babcock was the last link to the 650,000 Canadian men and women who served in the First World War, Harper noted.
"His family mourns the passing of a great man. Canada mourns the passing of the generation that asserted our independence on the world stage and established our international reputation as an unwavering champion of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law."
Babcock joined the military at age 16, but because of his age wasn't allowed on the front lines.
He spent his final years living in Spokane, Wash.
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PostSubject: Re: Canada's Last WW 1 Veteran Gone. End of an era.   20/2/2010, 02:44

I just read this in today's paper myself. That story mentioned he joined up at age 15 and, as he boarded the ship to sail overseas, was pulled aside by his Sergeant and sent home as they had, somehow, discovered his actual age! He later joined a volunteer reserve unit, was in England,but never saw active service.

Ironically, when WWII came around, he again tried to join up but was refused because he was then too old!!

109...good lord. What an age....I hope I don't live to be 109! Seriously....not that I want to kick off tomorrow or anything, but I certainly don't want to be hanging around for over a century either!!!!
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