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Sacrifice and Hardship

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Sacrifice and Hardship

That's rather difficult to say because who knows if Germany had beaten England, that doesn't mean that they would have beaten Canada and the United States or Australia. So it was a matter of King George refused to, he was supposed to come to Canada right after Dunkirk but he and Queen Elizabeth refused to, the Queen Mother that just recently died, they were supposed to be evacuated to Quebec. Same as the queen from the Netherlands was but he refused to come out. And Churchill of course, "We'd fight him of the rooftops, fight him on the beaches, and whatever, we will never surrender", and the British people really felt that way. We wouldn't surrender, or they wouldn't surrender, well we were part of them, anyway. I don't think we ever thought in terms of anything like that.

Mr. Baggs is asked if all the sacrifice and hardship that they went through was worth it.

Eric Thomson Baggs

Eric Thomson Baggs was born in St. John's, Newfoundland on March 3rd, 1918. He grew up in a fishing family and worked with his father at Royal Stores in St. John's filling fixtures and looking after wholesales. He joined the boy scouts when he was twelve. Mr. Baggs was accepted into the Royal Air Force in 1937 at seventeen but his father wouldn't let him go. He then tried for the Royal Navy but was refused because he was too young. When he was twenty-one he enlisted in the Army's Heavy Artillery Branch. He was trained in St. John's and then escorted to Liverpool in 1940. At first, Mr. Baggs was primarily on costal defense. Later his battalion became the 166th Field Artillery which became known as the best artillery regiment in all of the Allied Forces. When Mr. Baggs returned home to Newfoundland, he went on with life as usual, continuing work at his fathers store.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Eric Thomson Baggs
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
North America
166 Field Artillery Regiment
Heavy Artillery, Field Artillery

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