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Meet some of Canada's oldest war veterans

Below are the faces of 10 residents who have resided at Sunnybrook’s Veterans Centre. Along with being war heroes, these men and women also share another thing in common – they are all 100 years old, or older. At the end of the First World War — one hundred years ago — these veterans were just beginning their lives.

Project published in November 2018

Frank Mendham, 102 years old. Served in WWII, Army, Tank Commander, The Elgin Regiment

Leslie Mann, 100 years old. Served in WWII, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps – 1st Division

Marion Sawers, 101 years old. Served in WWII, Canadian Women’s Army Corps. (CWAC)

Douglas Cochrane, 100 years old. Served in WWII, Royal Canadian Air Force

Frances McIlroy, 101 years old. Served in WWII, Canadian Women’s Army Corps, Nurse

John Boyd, 105 years old. Served in WWII, Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals - Communications and Electronics Branch

Currie Gardner, 100 years old. Served in WWII, Royal Canadian Air Force, Typhoon Bomber Pilot, 440 Squadron (Ottawa)

Bert Garfield, 101 years old. Served in WWII, Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

Kosta Grachos, 103 years old. Served in WWII, Greek Army

Adeline Bowland, 103 years old. Served in WWII, No.14 General Hospital, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps., Nurse


Remembrance Day allows us to acknowledge our appreciation to those who have strengthened our country with their example of courage, service and sacrifice. We remember all the men and women past and present, who courageously volunteered for the cause of freedom and peace.

Thank you for your dedication and service to Canada.

Lest we forget.


Photography by Kevin Van Paassen
Project published in November 2018