Monday, November 11, 2013

30 Days of Remembrance- Nov 11, 2013 - Remembering the Great War

At the start of WWI in 1914, the Dominion of Canada had existed for not quite 50 years. Newfoundland was still a British colony. The population of the remaining 9 provinces was about 8 million at that time. 

During the next 5 years 619,363 men and women served in the Canadian forces, more than 400,000 of those overseas. 66,655 of them died during the conflict, about 1 in 10 and another 172 950 were injured.

Pte. George Lawrence Price of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan (born Dec 15 1892  in King's County Nova Scotia) was killed in action, two minutes before the armistice went into effect, at 10:58 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. He was the last known soldier of the Commonwealth to die in WWI

The last Canadian veteran of WW1 John Henry Foster Babcock, (Born July 23, 1900 in Lober township, near Kingston ON) died in February 2010 at the age of 109. 

John Babcock, 1920 - from wikipedia

Sources-, .CBC

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