How were children protected from the horrors of a world at war? The short answer: they weren’t. Kids were fully involved in the war effort, doing whatever their little hearts and hands could manage. And they undoubtedly contributed to the Allied victory.
Private Gérard Doré of Quebec is considered the youngest Allied soldier who died on the Western Front, just one month short of his seventeenth birthday. Born on August 29, 1927, he left home at age 15 and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery by lying about his age. About one month after D-Day, his regiment landed in Normandy and was assigned to the front. This brave young lad was killed in action and is buried in the Canadian War Cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Width in Normandy.
Barbara Wignall was aged seven and her brother Trevor was five when they witnessed a bomb land near their home in London in Trevor remembers how happy they were because their school was damaged and they didn't have to go to school for a few weeks!
"Wait for me Daddy" by Claude P. Dettloff - October 1 A line of soldiers march in British Columbia on their way to a waiting train as five-year-old Whitey Bernard tugs away from his mother's hand to reach out for his father.
"An eager school boy gets his first experience in using War Ration Book Two. With many parents engaged in war work, children are being taught the facts of point rationing for helping out in family marketing.
To save money, the Canadian government barred all non-essential American products from entering Canada, including comic books. The Canadian publishing industry could not afford colour printing, so they published black-and-white comic books which became known as "Canadian whites." Canadian comic book heroes included Johnny Canuck.