Veteran Stories:
Elizabeth “Betty” Levasseur

Army

  • Picture of Mrs. Levasseur taken in Kingston (Ontario) in 1942.

    Betty Levasseur
  • Mrs. Levasseur in June 2011.

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"Sadness and happiness. Happy when the soldiers come back and then reminded me of the ones that was lost. I’ve several cousins buried in Holland. But we never liked to talk about the Army."

Transcript

I joined the air force [Royal Canadian Air Force] first and they came up to get me but my mother told them my right age. And then I joined the Army and I took my sister’s age. Anybody that’s in the army knows about the Orderly Room [a room in the barracks of a military unit used for general administrative purposes]. We pass out passes for the weekends and orderly room. The orderly room is, you don’t have to be in there to know what the orderly room is. I enlisted myself. But I took my sister’s birthday. She was 4.5 years older than me. I know I was put on draft for overseas and three of us were taken off the draft. I was lung trouble. And I forget, one was foot trouble and I forget what the other one was. And those, the one that went overseas met my husband. He was in Italy [fighting with the Canadian Army]. Sadness and happiness. Happy when the soldiers come back and then reminded me of the ones that was lost. I’ve several cousins buried in Holland. But we never liked to talk about the Army.
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