Lieutenant Charles (Charlie) H. Jefferson, of Ontario, was born on April 13, 1924,
He was attending McGill University when he enlisted with the Canadian Army in June 1943.
He was posted as a Lieutenant with The Queen’s Own Rifles while they were in Holland in January 1945. He was injured by an anti-tank mine in March 1945 in the Rhine Valley, Germany, resulting in the loss of his leg.
Mr. Jefferson joined the Ottawa Branch of The War Amps in 1945 and would go on to hold the positions of:
- Vice-President and President, Ottawa Branch
- Member, War Amps Civilian Liaison Program
In his role with the Civilian Liaison Program, he used his experience and knowledge as an amputee to help allay the fears of new civilian amputees when he visited them in hospitals.
Mr. Jefferson has actively supported the Association throughout his life, including laying wreaths on behalf of The War Amps at many national Remembrance Day ceremonies. A dedicated supporter of the CHAMP Program, he has attended numerous CHAMP seminars over the years, sharing his positive outlook with young amputees and their parents.
He shared his story in a War Amps video called Charlie’s War.
For his lifelong service to the Association, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Membership, Meritorious Service Membership and Honorary CHAMP Membership from The War Amps.
Source: The War Amps website