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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Alphonse Martel

Alphonse Martel

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

That’s for sure, when some of our friends died like that… We would say: “Where is so-and-so?” And they would reply: “You didn’t hear? How come? He died yesterday.”

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David Bowen

David Bowen

Army • Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta

There was some Chinese behind the lines, way behind the lines at an airfield with a little biplane and they’d come over at night and they’d drop hand grenades from the biplane and we’d call the guy “Bed Check Charlie” because he’d come around every few nights.

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André Therrien

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Herménégilde Dussault

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Francis Bayne

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Frank Wood

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Art Baker

Art Baker

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

So it was the Chinese army that was in front of us and we were, what, 300 or 400 yards from them and we had our black night glasses and we watched them for 90 days.

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Ramsey Withers

Ramsey Withers

Army • Home Town: Scarborough, Ontario

Literally, the battalion headquarters was only about 400 metres away - and I got down there and into the command post to report in, and people were looking at me with kind of stony faces and said, “Your friend’s gone.”

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Don McLean

Don McLean

Army • Home Town: Manitoba

I feel Canada should be very proud of its peacekeepers. They've been involved in peacekeeping for many, many years and have served on every mission that's come up.

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Jack Neilson

Jack Neilson

Army • Home Town: Ontario

Our mandate was to prevent civil war, arrange a cease fire and halt all military operations. Prior to this was the apprehension and detention of all foreign military and para-military personnel not under UN command. And it was specifically related to mercenaries. Use of force was authorized.

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Shannon Matechuk

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Gerry O'Pray

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Wayne Marshall

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Susan Beharriell

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Camille Ouellet

Camille Ouellet

Air Force • Home Town: Quebec

The transcription in English is not available at this moment. Please refer to the transcript in French.

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George Myatte

George Myatte

Army • Home Town: Ontario

The United Nations decided to send in two battalions, that were outside the airport waiting in armoured vehicles – that would have been the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, also the Van Doo regiment. That, basically, insured that the airport was going to be secure.

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Norman McHolden

Norman McHolden

Army • Home Town: Nova Scotia

At different battles so many lives were lost that it was not always able to keep clear records of burial sites. The weather often worked against proper burials and the mud that ensued was dreadful.

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John Frederick Mould

John Frederick Mould

Army • Home Town: Ontario

He received a very small pension, for he became deaf, caused by the shells, and he also suffered from gas poisoning. When he came home I guess he had trench mouth and he had to have his teeth pulled out.

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Sid Meltzer

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John Laurie Paterson

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John Newton

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Joseph Mulvaney

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Wilfrid Millen

Wilfrid Millen

Army • Home Town: Ontario

On August 8, 1918 near Cayeux (en-Santerre) about twelve miles southeast of Amiens he was wounded in the left shoulder and back. He died of his wounds on August 10, 1918 on 10 Ambulance Train en route to a Rouen hospital.

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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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Frederick Bourgeois

Frederick “Fred” Bourgeois

Army • Home Town: Shediac, New Brunswick

We walked from Normandy to Germany. We were on foot. We walked 10 miles per day.

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Clifford Guest

Clifford “Cliff” Guest

Air Force • Home Town: Barrie, Canada

If they realized how much that war took, took from Canada, they would never want to see another war again.

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Joyce Trott

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John Franken

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Mark “Lewis” MacDonald

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Marjorie Barton

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Jim Kingsley

Jim Kingsley

Army • Home Town: Parksville, British Columbia

We went over Christmas day from England to Belgium. We always say – they had a big Christmas dinner, luncheon, at 12:00, thereabouts, and we started getting on the boats about 2:00. And we said they had fed us up good, fit for the kill.

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Gilles Boulanger

Gilles Boulanger

Air Force • Home Town: Sherbrooke, Quebec

It’s like you’d awoken in a bad dream; the turret, the machine guns, the noise, the motors, the fire coming out of the motors.

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Join Martin Middlebrook, British military historian for a rare Canadian appearance Sept 4 at the Canadian War Museum. t.co/h74edDQBAy
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