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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

Leonard Wells

Leonard “Scotty” Wells

Navy • Home Town: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Cyr came out; he’d just finished operating on one of these fellows. And you could-, he was just dripping in sweat. You could see, I mean obviously the pressure the guy was under was unbelievable.

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Robert Auger

Robert Auger

Army • Home Town: Quebec City, Quebec

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

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William Manning

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Ron Carruth

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André Therrien

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Robert Faulkner

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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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Frank Wood

Frank Wood

Army • Home Town: Peterborough, Ontario

Over to the Chinese side on the Sami-ch’on Valley, and my God when they started to appear I don’t know. I just can’t describe it. Like a huge flock of cattle or herd of cattle or flock of chickens or there was just massive. And the valley by this time was pretty well packed with Chinese.

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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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Wayne Marshall

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Shannon Matechuk

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George Myatte

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Don McLean

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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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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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Charles Laking

Charles Laking

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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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

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George Scherer

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Thomas Marion

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Sid Meltzer

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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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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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Alexander Burton

Alexander Burton

Merchant Navy • Home Town: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

So once they decided to steal the cable and they had the cable ship and they sent it out into the Atlantic to steal a cable that was running from Anzio in Italy all the way to South America.

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Monty Brown

Monty Brown

Army • Home Town: Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

My first strange encounter was when I first went in there. I noticed a sweet smell in the atmosphere, then I was told that was decaying Japanese bodies.

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Arthur “Arty” Webster

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Hugh Johnston

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Robert McGhie

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Joan Pennefather

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Lloyd Robertson

Lloyd “Ike” Robertson

Air Force • Home Town: Merlin, Ontario

After the raid was over, we said, oh, don’t worry, they won’t be back again until tomorrow. [laughs] But that was the worst raid we had.

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Betty Laron

Betty Laron

• Home Town: Netherlands

We looked out of the window and we saw the first Canadians coming around the corner. Some were on motorbikes and some... and they all had daffodils on their helmets. It was in the spring time so the Dutch gave them daffodils and they handed out chocolate.

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#hockeynight in Canada on 23/02/43, after Ewart & mates won the Armoured Divisional Championship at Surrey, England t.co/hIt4L978
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