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List of last surviving Canadian war veterans


List of last surviving Canadian war veterans

1882 studio portrait of the (then) last surviving Six Nations warriors who fought with the British in the War of 1812: (left to right) John Smoke Johnson, John Tutela and Young Warner.

This is an incomplete list of the last surviving veterans of Canadian wars. The last surviving veteran of any particular war, upon his death, marks the end of a historic era. Exactly who is the last surviving veteran is often an issue of contention, especially with records from long-ago wars. The "last man standing" was often very young at the time of enlistment and in many cases had lied about his age to gain entry into the service, which confuses matters further.

There were sometimes incentives for men to lie about their ages after their military service ended.


  • War of 1812 1
  • Rebellions of 1837 2
  • Fenian Raids 3
  • Northwest Rebellion 4
  • Boer War 5
  • World War I 6
  • Spanish Civil War 7
  • References 8

War of 1812

  • Sir Provo Wallis (1791–1892) — Canadian Army. Royal Navy. Also Napoleonic veteran.[1]
  • John Tutela (1797–1888) — Canadian Army. Six Nations chief.[2][3]
  • John Smoke Johnson (1792–1886) — Canadian Army. Iroquois chief.[4][2]
  • Young Warner (c. 1794–fl. 1882) — Native American who fought for Britain.[2]

Rebellions of 1837

Fenian Raids

Northwest Rebellion

Boer War

  • [9]

World War I

1920 portrait of John Babcock, the last known surviving veteran of the Canadian military to have served in the First World War
  • Henry Botterell (1896–2003) – Last pilot veteran.[10]
  • Charles Laking (1899–2005) – Last combat veteran.[11][12]
  • Dwight Wilson (1901–2007) — Last male veteran residing in Canada.[13]
  • Gladys Powers (1899–2008) — Last female veteran. Last residing in Canada.[14]
  • John Babcock (1900–2010) — Last Canadian veteran.[15]

Spanish Civil War


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