Nicolaas van Rijn Staff Reporter
John Babcock, Canada’s last World War I veteran, has died at the age of 109.
A 16-year-old when he went in search of military glory, Babcock was the last of the 650,000 men and women Canada recruited to serve in the “war to end all wars.”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper saluted Babcock Thursday, paying tribute to “Canada’s last living link to the Great War, which in so many ways marked our coming of age as a nation.”
The men and women who served, Harper said, “paid dearly for the freedom that we and our children enjoy every day.
“Today,” he observed, “they’re all gone.”
Gov.-Gen. Michaëlle Jean, head of the Canadian Forces, also paid tribute to Babcock.
“You know how dear the members of the Canadian Forces and our veterans are to my heart,” she said. “And while I am deeply moved and saddened, I am also ver
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