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My Elderly Space

A look at the remarkable lives of the elderly

 

WWI vet gets his Canadian citizenship back

John Babcock lost his Canadian citizenship when he moved to the US nearly 90 years ago, at a time when dual citizenship was not allowed. Last month he wrote to the prime minister:

Dear PM,
Could I have my citizenship restored? I would appreciate your help.
Thank you,
John Babcock


He was granted his citizenship.

At 107 years old, Mr. Babcock is Canada's last surviving veteran of the First World War. He lied about his age so he could be enlisted in the army at the age of 15, joining the 146th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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