Veteran Stories:
Hubert Milton Fair

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  • Hubert M. Fair.

    Hubert Fair
  • Hubert Fair's medals, from left to right: 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, War Medal (1939-1945), British Empire Medal (military).

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  • Hubert Fair and his wife.

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  • Hubert M. Fair.

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"He told of the hardships they went through; sleeping in damp clothes under trucks and in trenches. He volunteered to drive supply trucks with rations and mail to the boys on the front lines, often over and around minefields."

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He enlisted in the Army in, I think it was 1940, in Gananoque, in the 32nd/34th Battery, and he was soon sent to Petawawa, where he joined the 14th Field Regiment of the RCAs, with the 3rd Division.  He was then married that year in December.

In the spring of 1941 he was sent to Debert, Nova Scotia, until August of that year.  Then off to England for about three years.  While in England, his first daughter was born.  Then into Europe.  He moved around France, Belgium and Holland, and on into Germany until the war ended in 1945.  He wrote home as often as he could, but I never knew for sure where he was when he left England.

He told of the hardships they went through; sleeping in damp clothes under trucks and in trenches.  He volunteered to drive supply trucks with rations and mail to the boys on the front lines, often over and around minefields.  He also acted as a valet for officers to earn extra money to send home.  His rank was Gunner, C50544.

He came back to England in the summer of ’45, and there waited until August to come home to Canada.  After he came home, he talked night and day of the war, and then no more.  He rarely ever mentioned it.  I think he wanted to forget some of the horrible things he saw.  The prison camps and the other places where the Jews were tortured and burned.

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