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Alex Alton

1923-2015

Alex Alton

Alex Alton was born on September 26, 1923. He enlisted with the Highland Light Infantry in September 1942 at the age of 17 and fought in France, Belgium and Holland. While serving in Germany in 1945, he lost his leg below the knee when he stepped on a mine.

After the war, Mr. Alton worked as a linesman for St. Catharines Hydro and became involved with The War Amps. He held several positions with his home branch throughout his lifetime, including:

Alex Alton on a motorcycle

Awards:

  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Honourary CHAMP Membership
  • Secretary, Hamilton Branch
  • Acting National Director, Hamilton Branch (2005-2008)
  • National Director, Hamilton Branch (2009-2013)

An active man and accomplished golfer, Mr. Alton was an inspiration to other amputees.

He was a role model to members of the CHAMP Program and their families who had the pleasure of meeting him at seminars and through his involvement in the PLAYSAFE Program. He was recognized for his dedication to helping child amputees with the Honourary CHAMP Membership and for his service to the Association in general with the Meritorious Service Membership.

Mr. Alton tells his story in the video entitled War Amputees Gather to Reflect on The War Amps Legacy.

He passed away on June 2, 2015.

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Awards:

  • Meritorious Service Membership, The War Amps
  • Honourary CHAMP Membership