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Last Canadian WWI Soldier Turns 109 John Babcock, believed to be Canada's last surviving First World War veteran, turned 109 years old today. Since 1924 he has been living in Spokane, WA. Because there were no dual citizenship laws at the time, when Babcock obtained American citizenship, he had to forfeit his Canadian citizenship. After Canada's prime minister Stephen Harper learned about this, Mr. Babcock had his Canadian citizenship restored in a special ceremony in 2008. Babcock is pictured here with his 80-year-old wife. (Cradle robber!)
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Added: 23rd July 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-07-23 
He looks darn good for 109!

Babcock considers himself a 'tin soldier' because although he was in the army in 1918, his unit never got to France. (In 1915 Babcock had lied about his age to enlist. When his true age was discovered, he was put in a special youth battallion to train until he turned 18.)
Posted by: Jedwgrn on 2009-07-24 
I concur Lava, he looks great for 109. Life in the service back then had to be difficult at best. He had real courage for a young man of 15. May he live for as long as he wants.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-02-18 
Sad to report that John Babcock, Canada's last veteran of the First World War, died today at age 109. He was the last of some 650,000 Canadians who served in uniform during that awful conflict.
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