Harry C. Keith, of Hamilton, Ontario, was born on February 11, 1921, and served with the 48th Highlanders of Canada in the Italian Campaign. He was just 22 when his regiment joined the Allied seaborne invasion of Sicily and continued their advance over the mountainous island and up the Italian peninsula. During the aftermath of the Battle of Ortona, he was wounded by an .88 mm shell at nearby Cemetery Hill, resulting in the loss of his left leg below the knee.
Mr. Keith was treated at a field hospital in Italy and later returned to Canada, where he became a member of The War Amps Hamilton Branch for more than 50 years. He held several positions, including:
- Member, War Amps Board of Directors
- President and First Vice-President, Hamilton Branch
- Treasurer and Secretary, Hamilton Branch
His career also included working at the Key Tag Service for three years. For his dedication to the Association and his work with child amputees, he was awarded the Honourary CHAMP Membership.
Mr. Keith passed away on January 19, 2005.
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