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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Paul Tomelin

Paul Tomelin

Army • Home Town: Calgary, Alberta

My experience during the Second World War convinced me that war was hell. And when I was in Korea, I think that’s what I tried to get out with my photographs, that war was hell.

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Garry Williams

Garry Williams

Army • Home Town: Victoria, British Columbia

Well, I was behind the hill, so you know there’s someone over there who was taking a shot at me, so I quickly ducked into a trench. But when you hear that snap in your ear of the bullet going a foot, two feet away from you, you duck in a hurry.

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Arthur Lortie

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Leonard “Scotty” Wells

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Norman Heide

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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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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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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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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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Jack Neilson

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Susan Beharriell

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Gerry O'Pray

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Don McLean

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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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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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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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Joseph Mulvaney

Joseph Mulvaney

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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John Frederick Mould

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Thomas Marion

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Albert Abdey

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John Newton

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Sid Meltzer

Sid Meltzer

Army • Home Town: Ontario

My grandfather Joseph, who had served in the Austrian Army before settling in England, installed him with the disciplined life that the military had to offer, and its advantages.

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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Armand Emond

Armand Emond

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

The greatest day of my life was April 13th; liberation day. Ah, for me, that was the best birthday present.

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Reg Harrison

Reg “Crash” Harrison

Air Force • Home Town: Lorlie, Saskatchewan

I better keep this thing straight, it's my first trip on the Lanc. I looked up there and I see all this flame and there's a Halifax burning and, “Oh god, I better stay in between these walls of fire.”

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Orme Payne

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Clifford Hobbis

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Donald Munroe

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Georges Belanger

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Julienne Leury (née Gringras)

Julienne Leury (née Gringras)

Air Force • Home Town: St Appolinaire, Quebec

There, one must wear skirts that go past the knees and they would always ask us to say "ma'am, yes ma'am" even if the girl wasn’t right!

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Joy Loveridge

Joy Loveridge

Air Force • Home Town: Leigh-on-Sea, United Kingdom

And when I went to the door and was greeted by her and taken in and sat down and she produced a tray of tea and biscuits, I knew something was wrong. She told me that my husband and crew were missing and had not returned from their 29th trip over Germany. I was devastated completely and cried all night.

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