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Stories of Service and Sacrifice

André Therrien

André Therrien

Army • Home Town: Bedford, Quebec

The brigade sent a company of soldiers from another unit across our lines to hold the position that I had attacked. That’s when they discovered that there were 16 Chinese bodies on the side of the hill.

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David Bowen

David Bowen

Army • Home Town: Edmonton, Alberta

There was some Chinese behind the lines, way behind the lines at an airfield with a little biplane and they’d come over at night and they’d drop hand grenades from the biplane and we’d call the guy “Bed Check Charlie” because he’d come around every few nights.

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Frank Jefferies

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Leonard “Scotty” Wells

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Duk Soo Kim

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Arsène Dubé

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Guy Marion

Guy Marion

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

We were with Colonel Dextraze. A mean man. He was a rough neck; a guy from the last war. Dextraze wasn’t afraid of anything. He was on the hill with us and his ideas worked. He wasn’t scared of anyone.

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Joseph Ganin

Joseph Ganin

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

In other words, it was a trap. So we withdrew. The next day, we went back, during the daytime. He wasn’t there and we never heard from him again. He never came back with the prisoners and that bothered me.

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Jack Neilson

Jack Neilson

Army • Home Town: Ontario

Our mandate was to prevent civil war, arrange a cease fire and halt all military operations. Prior to this was the apprehension and detention of all foreign military and para-military personnel not under UN command. And it was specifically related to mercenaries. Use of force was authorized.

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Don McLean

Don McLean

Army • Home Town: Manitoba

I feel Canada should be very proud of its peacekeepers. They've been involved in peacekeeping for many, many years and have served on every mission that's come up.

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Susan Beharriell

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Wayne Marshall

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George Myatte

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Ron Myers

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Camille Ouellet

Camille Ouellet

Air Force • Home Town: Quebec

The transcription in English is not available at this moment. Please refer to the transcript in French.

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Shannon Matechuk

Shannon Matechuk

Army • Home Town: Edgerton, Alberta

During the time there we concentrated mainly on getting the warring factions - the local warlords - to disarm and cease hostilities. We escorted humanitarian relief convoys to local villages where there were signs of famine in the local population.

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Albert Abdey

Albert Abdey

Army • Home Town: Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom

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John Newton

John Newton

Army • Home Town: Ontario

It goes right through until August the 9th, 1918 and it stops there, and that was the day that the Canadian Army struck off at the Battle of Amiens, which was the beginning of the end of the war. I guess he was so busy after that battle started that he never had time to write in the diary.

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Sid Meltzer

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John Laurie Paterson

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Thomas Marion

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Joseph Mulvaney

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Paul Métivier

Paul Métivier

Army • Home Town: Ontario

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Norman McHolden

Norman McHolden

Army • Home Town: Nova Scotia

At different battles so many lives were lost that it was not always able to keep clear records of burial sites. The weather often worked against proper burials and the mud that ensued was dreadful.

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Andrew Miller

Andrew “Les” Miller

Army • Home Town: Kelowna, British Columbia

And he said, “We had to kill them.” I thought that was a pretty dramatic statement: “We had to kill them.” A bunch of kids that didn’t know what the heck they were doing.

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Donald Thompson

Donald Thompson

Army • Home Town: Saint John, New Brunswick

Then I went flat down on the ground. My first thought was I sprained my ankle. Tried to get up again and fell again, and looked down and there was blood on my left ankle.

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Albert McGrath

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Margarita “Madge” Trull

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Jean Clermont

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Arthur “Arty” Webster

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Olive Peat

Olive Peat

Army • Home Town: Emerson, Manitoba

A lot of us, it was getting out of doing housework for $5 a month. That was the truth. That’s what we did. We worked for $5 a month and got Wednesday afternoon off

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Allan Notman

Allan “Al” Notman

Army • Home Town: Montreal, Quebec

We stormed the house there and the Germans rushed out the back door. The coffee that they were drinking was still warm when we entered the house.

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