Monday, November 28, 2005

And then there were four...

Babble on.

For too many Canadians, remembrance of our war veterans stops the minute the poppy comes off their lapel. It shouldn't.

The last veteran of the First World War believed to have seen action has died, leaving only four Canadians still alive who served in the 1914-1918 conflict.

Clarence (Clare) Laking died at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre in Toronto on Saturday.

Laking, who was 106, served on the front line as a private with the Canadian Field Artillery, 27th Battery, 4th Brigade.

In 1917, at 18 years of age and against his minister father's wishes, the native of Campbellville, Ont., enlisted in the 64th Battery in Guelph, Ont.

He served two years in France as a signaller, stringing wire for field telephones along the trenches for $1.10 a day.

Thanks for e-mailing this story to me, Andrew.

Babble off.


At 12:01 p.m., Blogger Ghost of a flea said...

Well said.


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