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You Can’t Let Your Country Down.

Heroes Remember

You Can’t Let Your Country Down.

At one time I thought, why did I go, now I'm so happy that I did go. I thought it's best what I do for the country, for the world. I think it was amazing! That's the word amazing. What a wonderful thing that Canada did to play such a great part in the war. When I received my Legion of Honor pin from Constable General Flegge of France, I thanked him and I spoke about the batallion I was with. I looked back and I remembered of how so many of them didn't come home and the ones that did come home, I felt it's too bad that they weren't here to receive the medal like I was because they were all entitled as much as I was but I was fortunate that I lived through it all. And so I said to him, "I share this medal with with those who didn't come home." I think it's wonderful though that we still remember the boys that went over to the war to serve their country but I still think it's a very sad affair but I still like to see them carry on, not forget, don't forget.

Mr. Ford offers a message to youth about duty and patriotism.

George R. Ford

George Ford was born on March 19, 1897 in Barrie, Ontario. In 1899, his family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and, when his mother’s health started to fail, on to Victoria, British Columbia. Here, Mr. Ford studied mathematics and surveying, which resulted in employment with the provincial government in the mapping department. Against his parents wishes, he enlisted in 1916, joining the 103rd Infantry Battalion. Mr. Ford went overseas aboard the SS Mauritania, landing in Southampton, England, where he was deployed with the 54th Battalion. He later transferred to the Light Trench Mortar Battery. Mr. Ford saw action on many fronts, but only discussed Vimy in any detail. However, his clear perspective on the futility of war, death, mutual respect, honour, and patriotic duty, honed over a 102 year lifespan, are well worth the viewer’s attention. After the war, Mr. Ford returned to his job as a surveyor. He joined his local Veterans Association, and some time later, the Royal Canadian Legion, Victoria, B.C.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
George R. Ford
War, Conflict or Mission:
First World War
103rd Infantry Battalion
Trench Mortar

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