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Month: February 2019

Pépère’s war story
Memoirs

Pépère’s war story

Hormidas Odilon (Henry) Goulet enlisted with the 22nd Battalion in Montreal in 1914. When he gave his name, the officer apparently told him, “We’ll call you Henry.” He fought in France and Belgium until he was wounded in 1916. He was discharged in 1917. His journal was recently adapted into this memoir by his granddaughter Michelle T. Lambert. It’s 1914. I’m fed up with the farm and doin’ my own cookin’. No steady girlfriend. An ol’ man tells me about the war. It can’t last very long, he says. Canadian government’s recruitin’. I talk to my good friend Ephrem Tremblay and we go to Saskatoon to enlist. Be back by spring, we think. They turn us down. “More applications than we need but you’re French Canadians. Go to Montreal. They’re forming a French-Canadian battalion.” We hitch back ho...
Belgian King, Mons gun arrive in Canada
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Belgian King, Mons gun arrive in Canada

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Legion Magazine sat down with Tim Cook, author and historian at the Canadian War Museum, to discuss the Museum’s recent acquisition (on loan) of a Canadian 18-pound field gun that is said to have fired its last shots at Mons immediately before the armistice was signed in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France, terminating the slaughter at about nine million soldiers on all sides, including 68,000 Canadians. Story originally published in March 2018.  It’s been nearly a century since Canadian guns fell silent at Mons, Belgium, the last city they liberated before Germany surrendered and the war to end all wars was ended. Canadian 18-pound field guns, ubiquitous among Allied forces between 1914 and 1918, are said to have fired their last shots at Mons immedi...
Portraits say, “Here is my story”
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Portraits say, “Here is my story”

The Canadian War Museum and Legion Magazine are collaborating on a new exhibition featuring haunting portraits of wounded veterans by writer-photographer Stephen J. Thorne. Opening at the museum in mid-February and running until early June, The Wounded features 18 large-format black-and-white photographs of wounded Canadian veterans, primarily from the Afghanistan war. Most appeared in the magazine (November/December 2017) and at www.legionmagazine.com/thewounded, with additional images taken for the exhibition. “I’ve been following Stephen J. Thorne’s work for a while now,” said the museum’s post-1945 historian Andrew Burtch. “We collaborated over a decade ago to produce the award-winning Canadian War Museum exhibition Afghanistan: A Glimpse of War. But the first photograph I saw fro...

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