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Reasons for Joining Up

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Reasons for Joining Up

We were farming there and we had a pretty good life then my brother and I decided to join up In Stettler and away we went. I imagine my other brother going was an incentive you know for me to join and we got into the Calgarys and away we went to England, you know. All I remember is when we landed in Scotland and then they transferred us to Salisbury Plains in England and we were there til Dieppe. We were there til they landed in ’42. Interviewer: And so before you left Canada did you receive any type of training? Ya, they done training in Ontario and Camp Borden. We trained there for almost a year, you see, tank training and all. Well, what I did is I was a loader operator and that guy does the radio up in the turret, there’s three people up there above – the commander, the gunner and myself and two drivers down below so there’s a five man crew. Interviewer: And within this crew I understand again that you were on the Churchill tanks. (We were.) Tell us about that. Tell us about the Churchills. Well, I think it was very big and cumbersome you know, hard to handle and being the first time ever used in battle, it was something new for everybody to learn, you know.

Together with his brother, Mr. Stanley shares his story on making the decision to join up and steps taken towards training before heading overseas.

Stanley Edwards

Mr. Stanley Edwards was born February 17, 1923 in Big Valley, Alberta. He enlisted in the army on February 19, 1941 as part of the Calgary Tanks holding rank of trooper. He first received training on the Churchill tanks at Stettler, Alberta and for another year trained in Camp Borden, Ontario before travelling overseas to Scotland. In the summer of 1942, the crew went to England to undergo advanced training. Mr. Stanley fought in the Dieppe Raid as a member of the tank crew. He was soon captured and taken prisoner where he would remain until 1945, shortly after the war ended. Returning home to Canada, Mr. Edwards began working at the Calgary Brewery, married Anncherri and raised four children with his wife. In retirement, Mr. Edwards volunteered within his community and to this day is a member of the local legion. Now residing in Calgary, Alberta with his two daughters, Mr. Edwards is honoured in having an opportunity to travel back to France for the 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. This being his first time back since wartime, Mr. Edwards looks forward to seeing the terrain where he fought and visiting the gravesite of his brother who never returned home and pay tribute to those who served alongside him during this battle.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
July 28, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Stanley Edwards
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War

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