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Last Canadian Victoria Cross Holder Passes

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Pvt. Ernie(Smokey) Smith the last surviving Victoria Cross Holder has passed at the age of 91...

"Prime Minister Paul Martin and Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson led family and friends, dignitaries and veterans, soldiers and citizens past war hero Ernest (Smoky) Smith as he lay in state Tuesday on Parliament Hill.

The Peace Tower bells tolled a mournful lament as the flag-draped coffin bearing Canada's last surviving Victoria Cross winner was carried by kilted Seaforth Highlanders to lie in the foyer of the House of Commons."

Pte Smith earned the Commonwealth's highest military honour by single-handedly repelling a German counterattack on Italy's Savio River in 1944.


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