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"I keep this Book of Remembrance page in my den and I pull it out and look at it every once in a while," said Oswin.
Oswin said it was in 2002 that he began to learn more about his uncle's military service. While convalescing from heart surgery, Fred set about looking up historical records. He found his uncle's name in Parliament's Book of Remembrance for the First World War and later sent away for a copy of the page that he Cheap Prada Shoes Online
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Fred Oswin, a retired Algoma Steel Inc. manager, has never been to Vimy, but he has recently made an effort to track down what he can about his uncle.
Sacrifice at Vimy remembered
Pte. Archibald Oswin, of the 10th Battalion, was one of more than 3,500 Canadians who died in the three day assault on a German fortification in France. His name is among 37 Saultites whose names are inscribed on the walls of the Vimy Memorial on the site of the battle.
Archibald Oswin, the eldest of four siblings, emigrated from Wales not long before the First World War.
A local Vimy survivor, Charlie Wellard, described the April 9 assault to Sault Star reporter Tom Douglas in 1967.
A group of 25 students from White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School was expected back on Tuesday from attending the 95th anniversary ceremonies in France.
In the battle of Vimy Ridge, the Canadians gained the key position from the Germans, after both the British and French tried and failed in earlier attempts. The battle took the lives of 3,598 Canadians, wounding another 7,000.
earn Canada its own signature on the Treaty of Versailles, ending the war as an independent nation.
"Everything was so quiet. (The Germans), of course, didn't Ralph Lauren Sneakers Mens know we were coming and we weren't making any unnecessary noise," recalled Wellard, who was 79 in 1967. "A lot of men have said they weren't scared, but if they weren't, there was something wrong with them."
Thousands of Canadian students made the pilgrimage this year, along with Gov. Gen. David Johnston and other government officials.
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