Wartime led to a career for some soldiers

Being a part of the war effort didn’t always mean travelling overseas.

Being a part of the war effort didn’t always mean travelling overseas. Some men and boys who joined the army worked from the home front.

Fred Harrison joined the Canadian Army in 1940. “I was in it for 25 years.”

During his career Harrison worked across Canada in cities, including Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg.

“When the war started I went down and volunteered. I ended up as a technician at the last part of the war,” said Harrison. “They wouldn’t ship me overseas, I was medically unfit,” he explained.

Harrison worked as a technician for guns and other artillery. He worked on almost every he could have, expect vehicles.

After Harrison retired from the military he returned to his farm west or Rimbey, near Leedale, and eventually retired in Rimbey.

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