Today’s Cumberland Soldier of the Week is Sapper James Herbert Wilson of River Hebert, NS!

Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Wilson became a coal miner at the age of 18. He worked hard, dangerous hours to support himself and those around him, like so many other young men from Cumberland County.

In 1951, Wilson took on another dangerous task. He left the River Hebert and Joggins area to serve in the Korean War as a sapper. It would have been Sapper Wilson’s job to perform a number of military engineering duties, such as clearing minefields and preparing field defenses. Sapper Wilson returned home in the late summer of 1954.

We thank him for his service! 

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