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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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Lucien Dion

Lucien Dion

Army • Home Town: Ste. Thérèse, Quebec

With my own eyes, I saw Dextraze pat someone on the back. He was patting the backs of his men to encourage them. [...] When he passed away (in 1993) and his funeral was held in Ottawa, I was there.

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Arthur Lortie

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Claude LaFrance

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Peter Chance

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Aimé Adam

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Raymond Olivier

Raymond Olivier

Army • Home Town: Coaticook, Quebec

You were always wondering whether you were going to make it back. How would it happen? There was always a certain level of uncertainty. You never knew how things were going to happen…My job was to protect my troops and my men. That made it easier to forget yourself.

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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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Wayne Marshall

Wayne Marshall

Army • Home Town: Ontario

I joined the Army in the fall of 1952, and went into a new apprentice soldier programme for boys that were sixteen years old. It was part of the regular Army. I served on continuously from then right up until just before I was fifty-six years old, giving me almost forty years of regular service.

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Ron Myers

Ron Myers

Air Force • Home Town: Saskatchewan

Our commitment was to do observations along the ADL, which spread from the Mediterranean down to the Gulf of Aqaba - the tip of the Sinai Peninsula -re-supplying Army and UN outposts along the ADL by air.

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George Myatte

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Susan Beharriell

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Don McLean

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Camille Ouellet

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Gerry O'Pray

Gerry O'Pray

Army • Home Town: Ontario

A lot of things happened while I was in the Congo. One of the things I remember was kind of a culture shock for me, as a young man coming from Nova Scotia. There were thirty-four different countries, I think, in that mission in the Congo.

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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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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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George Scherer

George Scherer

Army • Home Town: Ontario

I fired my 1st shot the second night just after midnight. I got the fellow I shot at just in front of our wire. I won't forget the feeling as I pressed the trigger that night + I hadn't got over it when I wrote.

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Norman McHolden

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John Frederick Mould

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Albert Abdey

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Thomas Marion

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John Laurie Paterson

John Laurie Paterson

Army • Home Town: Manitoba

John was stringing communication lines under a heavy barrage of shelling and machine gun fire. This was the Battle of Amiens, August 8 to 16, 1918.

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John Newton

John Newton

Army • Home Town: Ontario

It goes right through until August the 9th, 1918 and it stops there, and that was the day that the Canadian Army struck off at the Battle of Amiens, which was the beginning of the end of the war. I guess he was so busy after that battle started that he never had time to write in the diary.

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Clifford Chadderton

Clifford “Cliff” Chadderton

Army • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

I was in the trench and a German came and was above me and holding onto a hand grenade. And he dropped it. And I grabbed it and as we sit here talking, the hand grenade went off in my hand.

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Roland Gravel

Roland “Rolly” Gravel

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

It started at 5:00 and towards 11:00, we saw the American tanks roll in to the camp. For us, the war was ending.

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Clair Hawn

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Giles “Doucie” Doucet

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Lester Brown

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Gordon Wilson

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Fernand Giguere

Fernand Giguere

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

A piece of shrapnel took off a quarter of my right shin and then another piece grazed my lip and got lodged in my teeth. It looked worse than it was.

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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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