One of Canada's last three surviving veterans from the First World War, Victor (Lloyd) Clemett, has died. He was 107.
Lloyd Clemett enlisted about a month after turning 16.
Born on Dec. 10, 1899, in Toronto, Clemett died late Wednesday night at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
During an interview with CBC News late last year, Clemett was asked about the secret to his longevity, and responded, "Just taking it easy, not running too wild and having a good time."
Clemett enlisted in the army in 1916, a month after turning 16, following in the footsteps of his three older brothers who had already left for the battlefields.
Remarkably, all four would later return home — though one suffered shrapnel injuries to the head. He would survive to the ripe old age of 96.
Clemett was sent to England, where a concerned colonel transferred him to the forestry brigade upon learning the teen's young age.
When the brigade was deployed to France a year later, Clemett repeatedly volunteered to go to the front lines and was headed there when armistice was declared on Nov. 11, 1918.
"It was all over a month or so before I reached the front line. I was within the sounds of the heavy guns and that was it," he said. more