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Fred W. Perrin

November 11, 2010 @ 10:46

Fred W. Perrin was born in 1899 and died in 1967, but thanks to the internet some 43 years after his death, I can ask the "world" not to forget.

Whenever Remembrance Day rolls around I think of my grandfather - my mother's father and the man I was named after. He died at 68 year of age, suffering with emphysema caused by an injury in World War 1.

He was only 18 years old when mustard gas was thrown into a trench along the Western Front in Europe. Only 18 years old when the poison gas caused significant damage to his lungs. He survived, but the effects of the gas would take its toll over the next few decades.

All of my memories of Papa include him gasping for air. He couldn't walk far and he had difficulty with stairs. He would be left huffing and puffing and often frustrated. In 1967 he couldn't take it anymore and passed away two days after my 11th birthday.

At the time living that long with his condition was considered surprising, but it wasn't much of an existence. My mom says his last ten years were a battle.

Ironically Papa didn't care much for Remembrance Day. As far as he was concerned what he'd been through is something he'd rather forget than remember, but that was Fred W. Perrin - one of the thousands of teenagers who went to war to preserve what we have today.

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136 Responses to "Fred W. Perrin"


Mitch
November 9, 2007 / 10:38

Thanks Fred.

And thank you Fred.


Pam
November 9, 2007 / 13:31

Hi Fred - I had several great uncles in that war. They survived, but went on to live troubled lies. They died in very lonely and poor circumstances.


Argie
November 9, 2007 / 14:19

War sure can be hell (as the cliché goes) that's why we must always remember and honor the heroic efforts of our soldiers - past and present.


Trish
November 9, 2007 / 14:56

Fred, I met an outstanding veteran at the Yonge/Bloor subway today. During WWII he served with the British army in France, Russia, Italy, and North Africa. He had so many medals they weighed him down, but the thing that stunned me most was his Juno Beach medal. And believe me, he was the most popular guy around with the younger people. It was nice to see 25 year olds giving him so much attention, and thanking him for his service...


Mike from Lowville
November 9, 2007 / 15:22

We all may agree to disagree often on this blog. This, we all have to agree on. These men and women of all walks of life stood united for a free Canada. They made the ultimate sacrifice, fought with the utmost bravery and deserve the deepest respect. Please, honour these young men and women on Sunday and never forget.


Joe
November 9, 2007 / 16:01

God bless them all.
Through all my school years teachers always made a point of making sure we all understood the sacrifices our vetrans had made during the 2 world wars. I thought I fully understood this until I visited Europe. I didn't fully understand the inpact the Canadian forces had on Europeans.
I had more beers then I can count bought for me in Holland because " Canadian solders libertated their country. I had a gentleman drive me 40 km to see a Canadian memorial that had grave markings as far as the eye could see. I could go on and on.
It is too bad todays society cannot show the same respect for our veterans, current armed forces and country that they truely deserve!

A moment of silence doesn't seem like a lot to ask for what our veterans have given.


Jason | GetYourOJ.com
November 11, 2007 / 10:29

I am lucky to still have my grandfather with me who just turned 89 unfortunately he was too ill to sell poppies at his spot this year and it broke my heart. I used to go see him march in all the rememberacne day parades and everyone should remember our veterans. There is a good project on this called the Memory Project to make sure the veterans stories are recorded and not forgotten. Great site, don't remember the URL

Jason


Jason | GetYourOJ.com
November 11, 2007 / 10:30

I am back. I encourage everyone to check this out.

http://www.thememoryproject.com/index.asp


Fred Ball
November 11, 2008 / 11:16

Thanks Fred.

My dad's brother Frederick W. Ball, whom I am named after was killed while piloting a deHavilland aircraft at the age of 19 in 1944.

He and the others from the Windsor area who lost their lives in WWII are memorialized in Dieppe Park on the waterfront near the Tunnel in Windsor.


Gary
November 11, 2008 / 13:01

Thanks for that Fred. My two grandfathers served in WW1 and one of them was also gassed. Cut his life short.

My Dad served on the battleship HMS Nelson in WW2 and was in the English Channel shelling Normandy on D-Day. Some pretty wild stories and pictures from the decks of the Nelson that were not supposed to be taken.


Horonymous
November 11, 2008 / 13:23

Thanks Mr Perrin.

I wonder how may teenagers or folks in their 20's know about Ypres and Vimy Ridge form the Great War.

My dad served from 1939-1945.

My father was at the Battle of Britain, Dieppe, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Operation Market Garden and the liberation of Holland.

Thanks Dad and all the other Canadian veterans.


Sam
November 11, 2008 / 14:58

Thanks Fred.

My uncle served in WWI and was captured and held in a german prison. One guard was sympathetic to him and gave him food and eventually freed him. My uncle is still alive today and when he tells stories of what he went through as a prisoner of war, it really puts things in perspective.

Thanks uncle....and thanks to all who gave us our freedom.


Sixteencylinders
November 11, 2008 / 16:00

Thanks Fred,

My Great Uncle was lucky enough to have survived the landing on the beaches of Normandy after being shot three times during the process. He was also forever haunted by the fact that one night he was unable to go out on his rounds and the Soldier that replaced him ended up torched with a flamethrower.

God Bless all of our fallen, surviving and current Armed Forces.


Max
November 11, 2008 / 16:56

My Dad's brother was killed in WWII at the age of 19, a mere 5 months before the war ended. I obviously never knew the man (boy, really) but every November I think about him and what he and his comrades gave for us. When I think about my carefree existence when I was 19 and what I was doing then I almost feel guilty, but I guess that's part of what they gave their lives for.


Rick C in Oakville
November 11, 2008 / 21:22

Wonderful story Fred, cherish the memory of your grandfather and the sacrifices made for us and our kids.

I went to the rememberance day ceremony at the cenataph at Kingston and Danforth with my 82 year old father who is a WW2 vet, I was moved by the number of school children attending from Cliffside Public school, who genuinely participated.

God Bless our vets.


Mike from Lowville
November 11, 2008 / 22:41

"We all may agree to disagree often on this blog. This, we all have to agree on. These men and women of all walks of life stood united for a free Canada. They made the ultimate sacrifice, fought with the utmost bravery and deserve the deepest respect. Please, honour these young men and women on Sunday and never forget."


Steve McKenzie
November 12, 2008 / 08:57

Hey Fred I remember that story about your grandfather from when we were kids. My grandfather was in WW1 but died in 1945 and I don't know anything about him, however I'm going to try find some info on him.


Sid
November 12, 2008 / 10:16

War has always been and will always be HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got this from my cousin in New Mexico:

I spent two tours in Vietnam
and I am 100% Disabled by the Veterans Hospital here. It is something that I do not relish to rehash
the experiences in Vietnam. I had to when I applied for disability compensation. It took me almost ten years to get it up to 100%. When I first applied they only gave me 10% then after a period of time
kept bumping me up to 40% then 50% and then I joined the American Disabled Veterans Association they got me the 100% in the year of 2000. whew what a battle. Any way I hope all is well with your family and that you never have to go to war. It was scary and a living hell.
*****************************

We can always hope GOD punishes the countries and leaders who support wars and treat their citizens as expendable commodities.


juniep
November 11, 2010 / 11:55

Thank you Fred, for the great
tribute to my dad. He was a
wonderful man, and I can say
with pride much like you.

Love Mom


Pauly Walnuts
November 11, 2010 / 16:12

Thanks to Fred's Grandfather, and all the other like him who fought for this country.

I can only hope that I have 1/10th the guts that these guys had.


Ed
November 11, 2010 / 19:55

Thank you for your post Fred:

My grandfather fought in World War I, my father fought in World War II and was wounded, spent a year in the hospital, then went back into battle in the middle East and Italy for five more years , my Uncle was killed by Nazis at his farm in Poland, my son fought this year in Afghanistan.

We should never allow this day or what it means to be forgotten.

I would also like to thank the British politcians on a trade mission to China this week.

The Chinese told the British that the poppies they wore offended them as it was a reminder to the Chinese of the Opium Wars that they fought and lost against the British on Chinese soil 150 years ago.

The British told them that it was their way of honouring their veterns and the lives that were lost in the world's wars and they would not be removing the poppies.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/chinese-officials-object-to-british-delegation-wearing-poppies/article1792836/

I wish our politicians had balls like that.

Fuck China.


Rick C in Oakville
November 11, 2010 / 21:51

God Bless our vets, present and past. My father is now 84 and as a kid I never realised the sacrifice he made enlisting at 17 years old.
I cherish every day I get to talk to him.

Ed, thanks for the link to the globe story, I echo your comments 100%


Bob B
November 11, 2010 / 21:55

Thank you Fred.

Thank you, to all the current soldiers in Afghanistan and let's push the Canadian Government to properly and generously look after the soldiers and their families who have returned wounded and disabled from the war.


Alan G
November 11, 2010 / 22:33

Thanks for the post Fred.

My father-in-law who just passed away at the age of 92 was an Air Force pilot in WWII. In his den, on the wall, he proudly displayed the bullet from an enemy fighter that was lodged in the double plated glass of his plane. His recent death made me think that there are not a lot of WWII vets. We must thank them while they are still with us as well as thank all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


LOLA
November 12, 2010 / 10:05

GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR VETS THAT ARE STILL WITH US AND THE ONES THAT HAVE PASSED ON. WE LOVE THEM ALL AND WE WOULD JUST LIKE TO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM...


Jake
November 12, 2010 / 11:08

Sid
Sounds like my cuz Don W in NM...went thru the same sh*t.
What with gov't's. The oilmen and munitions stock holders should be putting some of their billions into treating the Vets who made them rich, better.


Melanie Bridges-Ritchie
November 12, 2010 / 15:17

Hi Fred
Love your story about your Grandpa :)
Thank you for sharing it!
Mel


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November 12, 2010 / 17:21

Thanks to Mr Perrin and all those who have served so that we may never forget.


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November 11, 2008 / 13:01

Thanks for that Fred. My two grandfathers served in WW1 and one of them was also gassed. Cut his life short.

My Dad served on the battleship HMS Nelson in WW2 and was in the English Channel shelling Normandy on D-Day. Some pretty wild stories and pictures from the decks of the Nelson that were not supposed to be taken.

I would greatly appreciate it if you would provide Gary with my email address.

My father also served on HMS Nelson for 3 years, and was on board at that time. I would be fascinated and grateful to see those pictures or hear about the recollections of Gary's father.


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