Albert Joseph Thomas (Primary Source)

"Gosh, I wonder if it could be possible? So I asked her a question and she says, yes. Well, I said, you’re looking at him. And she started crying. I’m pretty proud about what I did."

See below for Mr. Thomas' entire testimony.


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"Gosh, I wonder if it could be possible? So I asked her a question and she says, yes. Well, I said, you’re looking at him. And she started crying. I’m pretty proud about what I did." See below for Mr. Thomas' entire testimony. Please be advised that Memory Project primary sources may deal with personal testimony that reflect the speaker’s recollections and interpretations of events. Individual testimony does not necessarily reflect the views of the Memory Project and Historica Canada.


Albert Thomas, Miramichi, New Brunswick, November 25, 2009.
Picture of Albert Thomas's wife Lillian in 1946. She served in the Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC).
Albert Thomas' medals (left to right): 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; CVSM; War Medal (1939-45); French Liberation Medal; Normandy Medal.

Transcript

Well, I was a tank driver [in The Fort Garry Horse (10th Canadian Armoured Regiment)] and promoted myself into tank commander. A Dutch family, two children, and the bullets were going. I wouldn’t say that, I took them into the Red Cross truck and put them in there. I said, get going. I never heard of them again until 50 years later. I was having coffee, and this had happened about a year. She says, if it wasn’t for a Canadian soldier, I wouldn’t be here. So then, of course, I kept asking her questions. Gosh, I wonder if it could be possible? So I asked her a question and she says, yes. Well, I said, you’re looking at him. And she started crying. I’m pretty proud about what I did. Canada’s number one hero.