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Last of the Dumbells

They called it "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars" – though of course it didn't. When hostilities erupted in Europe in 1914, Canadians rushed to Britain's side. But the cost was terrible: more than 60,000 were killed, 172,000 wounded. There are no more Canadian combat veterans alive to recall the horrors of the First World War, but their voices and memories live on in the archives of the CBC. Lest we forget, here are some of their stories.

An interview with Jack Ayre, pianist for the First World War entertainers the Dumbells.
Medium: Radio
Program: Voice of the Pioneer
Broadcast Date: June 29, 1973
Guest(s): Jack Ayre
Host: Bill McNeil
Duration: 7:17

Last updated: January 8, 2013

Page consulted on December 5, 2013

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