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Teddy aT

Cana­dian War MuseuM

Dr. Me­lanie Morin-Pel­letier,

First World War his­to­rian

“This 12 cm teddy bear is a pow­er­ful re­minder that the war doesn’t end when the fight­ing stops. Whether their loved one sur­vived or died, fam­ily mem­bers have to deal with the of­ten-dif­fi­cult con­se­quences of the war…. Teddy be­longed to 10-year-old Aileen Rogers, from East Farn­ham, Que­bec. Aileen and her 7-year-old brother Howard were the chil­dren of Lawrence Brown­ing Rogers, a farmer who en­listed as a medic in the Cana­dian Ex­pe­di­tionary Force in 1915. Aileen gave Teddy to her dad as a good-luck charm, hop­ing it would keep him safe. It did… but only for a while. Like 4,000 other Cana­di­ans, Lawrence was killed dur­ing the bloody Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele, in the fall of 1917. Teddy was found in Lawrence’s jacket pocket and sent back home to his fam­ily.” (P. 34 for more rare mil­i­tary ar­ti­facts)

Abs­tract from a let­ter writ­ten by

Lawrence Rogers to his wife, Sept. 25, 1916:

BY chris lack­ner

“Tell Aileen I still have the Teddy Bear and will try to hang on to it for her. It is dirty and his hind legs are kind of loose but he is still with me.”

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