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The last Great Warriors
We have discovered three more vets, bringing to 16 the number of living Canadians who served in the First World War. ERIN ANDERSSEN uncovers their stories
Saturday, November 15, 2002

Did we miss you?
Believe it or not, there is no official registry for war veterans. We told you about 13 last week. Since then, we have learned of three others. However, we'd like to find more. So, if you also served in the First World War, or know of someone who did, please click here and let us know.

Remembrance Day
Click on the names below to read the stories of 13 of Canada's surviving veterans of the First World War.

Intro: We are the living

Part 2: The last Great Warriors

Cyril Martin

Harold Lewis

Myer Lewis

Alice Strike

Harold Radford

James Fraser

Paul Metivier

Iden Herbert Baldwin

Henry Botterell

Clare Laking

Lloyd Clemett

Peter Preet

Charles Reaper

Arthur Bennett Manson

William (Duke) Procter

Clifford Holliday

War's horrors still hauntingly alive

Discovery in attic fuels hunt for poet of trenches

Canadians split over future role of military

Halifax keeps memory of Passchendaele alive

Heightened awareness fuels poppy sales

The truth in the moment of silence

Interactive's Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields

Vetran Affairs Canada

Royal Canadian Legion

Canadian Heritage

Canada, according to the sell-out poppies and cenotaph crowds, remembered its war heroes more than usual this past Nov. 11, even as their numbers - especially those who served in the First World War - dwindle day by day.

Last Saturday, The Globe and Mail introduced readers to 13 veterans of the Great War, among the last few who remain to tell the tale of the trenches and battlefields they survived in their youth.

Finding these final witnesses to history is a more daunting task than you might imagine. They are an elusive lot, scattered across the country and into the United States, and in many cases, reluctant to relive the horror of the war. There is no national database to track their shrinking numbers. No agency - not the Department of Veterans Affairs nor the Royal Canadian Legion - knows precisely how many remain. In 1999, the French embassy awarded the Legion of Honour to as many veterans as it could find, about 110. The vast majority have since passed away.

Using that list, with assistance from Veterans Affairs, whose information was limited because of privacy concerns, we found 12 men and one woman who had signed up between 1914 and 1918. Some of them, incredibly, still lived in their homes. The youngest among them is 102. At least two of them participated on Monday in the Remembrance ceremonies.

Since putting out the call for those we may have missed, we have learned of three others - a former minister in Edmonton and a mechanic and insurance salesman in California, all in the 100s now, who signed up as young men to serve their country. There may be more yet still living, and if so, we repeat our request to hear from them.

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