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Personal Sacrifice

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As far as I was concerned, it was... you remember the good times. And one of the regrets I have though that, I said one. When I, we had a, we were playing, I played pretty good hockey at that time you know, and one of the time that I kind of regret is that junior hockey, and we were playing against Rocket, Rocket Richard You could put this in the thing or not if you want. But you know, he couldn’t join the army cause he had weak ankles, and somebody said, “Some weak ankles!”, you know. But they stayed here and played all during the war. We came back of course after 5 years, and then I just played a little intermediate hockey and one of the regrets I had that maybe I could have gone farther if there hadn’t been a war. I might have changed my objective a little bit I don’t know. We won the Eastern Canada Juvenile Championship and then we played junior hockey. Anyway, you have sort of a little more respect for service men, people your age who were in the service. People who weren’t, not that you disrespect them but if they were able you say, “Well, why wasn’t he in the service?” It got to the point, no really cause most of my friends were, excepting one or two that had heart murmurs, or something they couldn’t get a medical. But I don’t regret it and you know.. Interviewer: Let me ask it in a slightly different fashion, if I can, Mr. Stanway. If you were a young man again, and the circumstances were the same, would you volunteer again? I probably would, yeah. I probably would. At the same age and so on, yeah I probably would.

Mr. Stanway notes that his one regret of serving in the war was giving up Junior hockey. However, he notes that in similar circumstances he would do it all again.

Frank Stanway

Mr. Stanway was born in Britain, and relocated to Montreal, Quebec with his family at a young age. Mr. Stanway joined the Non Permanent Active Militia (NPAM) along with friends, 8 months after Canada declared war. Shortly after basic training finished, their unit went active, so they joined the active forces in August 1940. Mr. Stanway shipped out to Scotland in 1941 and was transferred to Italy, along with the rest of the 5th Battery, in May 1943. They remained stationed there until a few months before the end of the war (February 1945) and returned home shortly after the war ended.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Frank Stanway
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
NPAM / 5th Battery / Artillery

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