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Law students turned fallen soldiers admitted to bar in Alberta

Last Updated Nov 11, 2018 at 10:58 am MDT

Close up of a tombstone of a unknown soldier of the Great War in a war cemetery in Yepre Belgium. (PHOTO: Fabio Lavarone on iStock)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta law students whose careers were cut short by World War I were admitted to the bar this week.

One by one, either a surviving descendant or a law student stood up to take an oath on behalf of each of the 37 men who didn’t make it home.

Among those in the gallery was Judy Hopkins. She was invited to represent her great-uncle Lance Corporal Edwin Wilson who was killed in the line of duty.

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“It was very poignant. Just to say the name again, it was quite interesting and very emotional,” Hopkins said. Wilson was her grandmother’s younger brother who had been living in Calgary for only a year or two and was articling at the time.

“I was very close to my grandmother and she was very close to my great uncle so in a way it’s not only honouring his memory but her memory as well,” she said.

“I’m overwhelmed to tell you the truth. It was thrilling and very special–one hundred years after the first world war–to be in this kind of ceremony honouring a man that was killed when he was 22 years old.”

The Legal Archives Society of Alberta says had it not been for the war these students would have gone onto serve the legal community.