The Reluctant Soldier | Rosaire Theriault (Gen. 10)

Note: While completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at McGill University in the 1940s, my father E.A. Theriault (Gen.11) interviewed his parents Rosaire Theriault (Gen.10) and his mother Yvonne Leger (Gen. 9). Portions of the manuscript are sensitive so for the moment they are published in little snippets!

“When the 1914 war came around, I sought to evade the draft for I did not want to go overseas; the only caught me one year before the end of the war; they went me overseas but the war ended before I reached the front lines.”


I did a little research and found a copy of Rosaire Theriault’s World War I Draft Papers which I found online at  Library and Archives Canada. If you look closely you’ll see that he “signed” by marking the document with a letter x. This confirms Yvonne Leger’s remarks about Rosaire being completely illiterate.


My grandfather spent his last years at the Veterans’ Hospital in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.


Postcard property of A Canadian Family Vintage Postcard Collection. This b/w vintage postcard of the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Veterans’ Hospital was published by PECO (Ottawa).

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Large version Draft Enlistment Papers


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