John Babcock, Canada’s last soldier from World War I died in Spokane, Washington this week at the age of 109. He had lived in Spokane since 1932.
“He captured the spirit of adventure. Jack was a part of that generation who went forward with great courage,” said Gen. Walter Natynczyk, chief of the defense staff for Canadian Forces.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper added, “John Babcock was Canada’s last living link to the Great War, which in so many ways marked our coming of age as a nation.”
Expressing sorrow at the passing of generation of Canadian soldiers, Harper added, “Canada mourns the passing of the generation that asserted our independence on the world stage and established our international reputation as an unwavering champion of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”
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As mentioned in the article, there is one North American World War One Veteran remaining, Frank Woodruff Buckles, 109, of West Virginia.