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Modern Military

As we honour our Loyalist ancestors who participated bravely in the American Revolution, we must also think of their descendants who have participated equally bravely in conflicts in whch Canada has been involved ever since. Some of those more recent combatants are descendants of one, or more, Loyalists.

One of those, Jonathan Snyder UE, died in Afghanistan in June of 2008. He was a descendant of Loyalist Adam Snyder UE. Read about Jonathan and his ancestor Adam here.

Another, John Henry Foster Babcock UE was Canada's last surviving veteran of World War One. He was a descendant of Loyalist Benjamin Babcock UE. Read about Jack Babcock here.

A very detailed, five-page article on Okill Stuart was published in Nov. 2012 by the Lake Champlain Weekly (a publication serving northern Vermont and New York) in connection with Remembrance Day (“Veterans Day” in the U.S.). They even put on the front page a photo of Okill as he looked in uniform during W.W.II. The carefully-drafted text, based on materials Okill provided and interviews with him, paints a very human portrait of our distinguished former Dominion President, which, I think, will bring a smile to the faces of many who know him. Read the article. Submitted by Robert Wilkins, President, Heritage Branch.