My maternal grandfather, Stanley Dawe served in the First World War as a Machine Gunner. He served his country proudly for four years. His Rank was that of a Private, his serial number was 240081.
He entered the Armed Forces in March 1916 with the 13 Machine Gun Company of Hamilton, Ontario. He went overseas to Britain and then to France. His unit assignment in France was known as 205 Machine Gunner Battalion.
He fought on the Lanz Front in France. He served under Lieutenant Colonel RR Moodie. Stanley left the Armed Forces as a Private for civilian life on June 20, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario.
In civilian life Stanley Dawe worked many years for the Hamilton Hydro. He worked from the bottom up to holding one of the top positions and became the Superintendent of the Hamilton Hydro which he held for many years until his retirement. He was well liked by everyone and made many lifelong friends.
My grandfather was born October 22, 1899 in Cupids, Newfoundland to William Dawe and Julia Ann Morgan and died April 12, 1982 in Hamilton, Ontario. He came from a long heritage of Fishing Captains. His own father was lost at sea as a result of a coal gas explosion on the SS Coban, he and 2 other men perished that day along the Coasts of New Brunswick, May of 1903.
Even though my grandfather left Cupids, Newfoundland as a young lad he never really got the love for water and fishing out of his system. The one thing my grandfather really liked to do was to take his family north every year for the summer months... My grandparents bought a cottage in the north land on the Windego Lake in Englehart, Ontario. This is where my grandparents would go for 6 months of the year. They both loved to fish and partake of many outdoor activities. He was an outdoors man who loved hunting and fishing. He was the one who taught me how to fish as a young girl. I would spend many of my summer vacations at the cottage.
Stanley Dawe was a family man who loved his wife and children. He was so proud of his four girls and equally as proud with his grandchildren.
If I were asked to express the best words in the English language to share the kind of relationship I had with my grandfather it would be as follows, LOVE, ACCEPTANCE and COMPASSION. Yes, my grandfather had a heart of gold who really loved not only me but all of his family. He truly was a family man in every sense of the word.
This Remembrance Day I would like to dedicate this day to my Grandfather, Private Stanley Dawe who made many sacrifices to serve his country proudly, to defend our right to freedom and live a life of peace. My grandfather was shy of his 18th birthday when his mother signed for him in March of 1916, he would turn 18 the following October 22 of that same year. During his time of serving his country on the Front Lines of France he was gassed several times, my grandfather suffered for many years as a result of that injury.
You ask, why did he serve, why did he put his life at risk or even the risk of losing his life? He did it for the future of Canada, for his family, so Canada and all the people could live a life of freedom and live in peace.
My grandfather wore his uniform proudly and was honored to be able to serve his country as a Private of the Canadian Forces in his Unit known as the 13 Machine Gun Company of Hamilton, Ontario and then overseas known as the 205 Machine Gunner Battalion.
Thank you "Papa" for your 4 years of Service. I also want to say thank you to all the Men and Women who have since taken up the “Torch” to “Fight for Canada’s Peace and Freedom”. I tip my hat off to you... Private Stanley Dawe, WW1