Link to an era is lost

Canada's last First World War veteran, Jack Babcock, died last week at the age of 109, Bloomberg reported. Mr. Babcock, who passed away in Spokane, Washington, joined the Canadian armed forces at 15 after lying about his age. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said 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." Frank Buckles of the US and Claude Choules of Australia are now the last living veterans of the Great World War.

Published: Wednesday, 02/24/2010 12:00 am EST

Canada's last First World War veteran, Jack Babcock, died last week at the age of 109, Bloomberg reported. Mr. Babcock, who passed away in Spokane, Washington, joined the Canadian armed forces at 15 after lying about his age. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said 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." Frank Buckles of the US and Claude Choules of Australia are now the last living veterans of the Great World War.

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