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Canadian veteran of World War I dies #237589
05/10/07 01:12 PM
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Canadian veteran of World War I dies Wed May 9, 6:23 PM ET



Dwight Wilson, one of the last two Canadian veterans of World War I, died Wednesday, officials said. He was 106.

Wilson's death leaves one known surviving Canadian veteran of the war — 106-year-old John Babcock of Spokane, Wash.

Born Feb. 26, 1901, in Vienna, Ontario, Wilson enlisted in 1916 at the age of 15 after telling the army he was older. He was diverted from the front lines after his age was discovered.

He managed to re-enlist in 1917 but four months later he was discharged again because of his age.

Wilson was one of more than 600,000 Canadians who fought in World War I. About 66,000 died.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Mr. Wilson's family and friends. As a nation, we honor his service and mourn his passing," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

Babcock emigrated to the United States in the 1920s and served a brief stint in the U.S. military.

Canada had been considering a state funeral when he died, but Babcock's wife said months ago he didn't want one.


Re: Canadian veteran of World War I dies [Re: SimonB] #237592
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Canada has an army? Like no way, ey?


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Re: Canadian veteran of World War I dies [Re: Sir Isaac Newton] #237598
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Originally Posted by Sir Isaac Newton
Canada has an army? Like no way, ey?


I'm an extremely accepting person SIN but I find your comment is in very poor taste in this context.


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Re: Canadian veteran of World War I dies [Re: Hon] #237605
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Here's to Mr. Babcock, what a long life! Hope I make it half as far.


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Re: Canadian veteran of World War I dies [Re: Sir Isaac Newton] #237609
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You have vindicated yourself admirably SIN. Good on ya.


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Re: Canadian veteran of World War I dies [Re: Hon] #237610
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Ut oh... you should be punished! Get your arse to Houston NOW!

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Feel better now?


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Re: Canadian veteran of World War I dies [Re: Sir Isaac Newton] #237643
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I posted this well before something in town disturbed me deeply. When I went up to the gym in the afternoon I walked in and saw a SPHS student in the Thursday afternoon class wearing a Black T-Shirt with a large red Swastika on the front and back. I asked him if he knew what it meant and he just laughed it off but it was obvious he did. Do these kids not realize that the person who established the insignia would have exterminated them as well given the chance. Will we ever learn? I talked to Angel and I only hope some education will come of this. I also talked to some of my local friends and they had no idea of why I had an issue with it or what it meant.

Re: Canadian veteran of World War I dies [Re: SimonB] #237647
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Perhaps you should talk to the principal. Sounds like the whole student body could use an education in this regard.


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Re: Canadian veteran of World War I dies [Re: seashell] #237656
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He did. Angel is the principal.

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