William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

LAST CANADIAN SURVIVOR OF THE WAR TO END ALL WARS

John Babcock: WWI Veteran
John Babcock: WWI Veteran
The Last Canadian Survivor of the War to End all Wars
Is one hundred and eight years old to-day
Born in Ontario in 1900, at 15 he joined to earn his pay…
With the 146 Battalion CEF at 15½ to England he sailed away

He was a young Canadian just like Omar Khadr
And like young Omar he too had travelled far…
The war ended before he entered the front line
Learning discipline and truth he said made him feel fine

Join up to defend your country and your beliefs
But, realize that you possibly could come to grief
He gives young soldiers good advice and on that thought
Happy one hundred and eighth birthday, L/Cpl John Babcock!!

Author’s Note: Inspired by a VAC interview with A/LCpl John Babcock during veterans week 2006