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Last remaining Canadian WWI vet celebrates birthday in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - Canada's last known surviving veteran of the First World War celebrated his 109th birthday with a party on Thursday.

The Canadian government threw the party for John Babcock in a Spokane restaurant.

Babcock was born in 1900 on an Ontario farm and enlisted with the Royal Canadian Regiment when he was just 15 years old. Babcock trained with nearly 1,300 other underage soldiers in anticipation of crossing the English Channel and facing enemy fire, but the war ended before he could set foot in France.

Soon after the war, he moved to the United States, where he served in the U.S. Army and became a naturalized citizen. He has lived in Spokane since 1932.

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