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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

John Woods

John Woods

Army • Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario

You know, we were taking a quite a hammering from artillery and I really didn’t realize how bad it was at the time. But when I got down and looked back up at the hill I thought to myself, “My God, we’re lucky to have gotten away with it.”

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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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Claude LaFrance

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Pamela MacLeod

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Nesta Bass

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Garry Williams

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Norman Heide

Norman Heide

Navy • Home Town: Vancouver, British Columbia

We were watching for trains carrying war goods and troops etc, by the enemy. Our patrol area was approximately 10 miles long, back and forth, back and forth. On a previous patrol we had caught a train between tunnels and we destroyed all the box cars.

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Claude Petit

Claude Petit

Army • Home Town: Duck Lake, Saskatchewan

And all of a sudden, I was in the army. And I didn’t know what to say. I told my grandma I was just going for the day, she said it was okay. And I come back and I had seven days leave.

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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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Susan Beharriell

Susan Beharriell

Air Force • Home Town: Ontario

They told me I couldn't fly in a high performance jet aircraft because "my female parts would be damaged." It was quite a thrill breaking the sound barrier at 100 feet, climbing straight up and doing rolls and loops above the clouds.

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George Myatte

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Don McLean

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Wayne Marshall

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Ron Myers

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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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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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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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Thomas Marion

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Joseph Mulvaney

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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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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Gordon Bannerman

Gordon Bannerman

Army • Home Town: Victoria, British Columbia

"The memories of the fellows that I actually served with during those days, it's a bond closer than brothers."

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Jacques Richard

Jacques Richard

Air Force • Home Town: St Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec

As mechanics, we were the pilots’ best friends because when they took off in their aircraft, they wanted to be sure to have enough gas and that their controls would hold up.

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Hyman Arlin

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Arthur Boyle

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Eldon Comfort

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Frank “Huck, Joe Fink” Aldred

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Malcolm McLeod

Malcolm “Mac” McLeod

Army • Home Town: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

You don’t worry about getting hurt or whatever but you worry about being afraid and showing it, I think.

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Jacques Nadeau

Jacques Nadeau

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

So he said to me, “Komme komme mein liebe” which means, “Come, come my dear!” He said to me, “The war is over for you”.

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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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