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Canadian soldier Louis Keene on the realities of World War I

Heather Robertson’s 1977 book, ‘A Terrible beauty: the art of Canada at war’ Cover art

It’s all arranged for you, if there’s a bit of shell or a bullet with your name on it you’ll get it, so you’ve nothing to worry about. You are a soldier — then be one. This is the philosophy of the trenches.

Louis Keene, 1917


Keene, L. (1917). “Crumps”, the plain story of a Canadian who went. Retrieved from

Robertson, H., Robert McLaughlin Gallery. (1977). A Terrible beauty: the art of Canada at war. Toronto: J. Lorimer, p. 49.

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