Veteran Stories:
Théodule Dubé

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  • Mr. Theodule Dubé in Gaspé, Quebec, on July 12, 2010 .

    Historica Canada
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"I really liked the Army. I met a lot of people. We met people from different places. We worked together."

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I am Théodule Dubé, from the Gaspé. I enlisted in Canada’s active army in 1940 and I was released in 1944. I did my drill at Valcartier; first at the Citadel of Quebec City and then I went to Valcartier for my training. I did my drill and then I joined the Régiment de la Chaudière. They sent me to work in Manitoba, helping the farmers. We were there for six months. There were 500 of us soldiers. We helped with the harvest in Manitoba. Afterwards, I returned to Quebec City. From Quebec City we went to Valcartier. We went to Halifax, to another camp, to do guard duty. We did guard duty at a lot of different camps: at the Quebec City Citadelle, at the ammunition factory on the Côte du Palais, and also in Halifax after my training. I really liked the Army. I met a lot of people. We met people from different places. We worked together. We spent months and months together. We moved around; some people were recruited to go elsewhere and others left. We wouldn’t see each other for years. It was fun, but it was hard for some soldiers like us. We wouldn’t see each other anymore. I was released in 1944 and the war ended in 1945. I was released in 1944 and I returned to the Gaspésie.
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