Last known Canadian WWI vet dies at 109

Babcock also served in U.S. Army after the war
By Nicholas K. Geranios - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Feb 18, 2010 21:38:07 EST

SPOKANE, Wash. — The oldest Canadian veteran of World War I has died at the age of 109.

John Babcock died Thursday in Spokane, where he has lived since 1932, according to a statement from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“I was deeply saddened to learn today of the death of John Babcock, Canada’s last known First World War veteran,” Harper said. “As a nation, we honor his service and mourn his passing.”

Babcock had become a celebrity in recent years, especially in Canada.
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