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Yes, but I seek shelter here in Quebec. Conscription is rumoured to be passed through the government.
I cannot go back to France, ashamed of my betrayal to my family and country.
Your accent? Is it from southern France?
I fled France in fear of involvement with the war. I cannot forget the look on my fathers face, his willingness to fight for his country any day of the week.
Conscription is a debate here as well, most of the french here are against the war in general. The men that do serve do it for their loyalty towards their homeland.
You cannot return to France, as you will be portrayed as a traitor. If you want to fight, join the Canadian Corps that leaves later today.
I have made a grave mistake, leaving my brothers in arms to fight alone on the battlefield.
I now see the wrongs I have done. Along with my Canadian friends I hope to proudly serve my home in defence of our great lands.
At Salisbury, the Canadians trained for four months, most of it in terrible mud, as England experienced one of its wettest winters in decades. While most of the troops stood up well to the awful conditions, Canadian equipment did not. Much of it was soon discarded in favour of British types. The Canadians learned basic soldiering in England after a hasty mobilization and a difficult, uncomfortable winter.
Sebastien was then deployed shortly after his arrival in England. Just a year after fleeing France, he returned to the very front line in the midsts of Ypres.
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