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Men of the King's Royal Regiment of New York settling in Johnstown in 1784

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This contemporary watercolour shows a encampment of Loyalist veterans and their families at Johnstown (present-day Cornwall, Ontario) in 1784. Some of these men of the King's Royal Regiment of New York still wear their red coats. (Library and Archives Canada, C-002001).

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Recruiting party of the Provincial Corps of Light Infantry (Canadian Voltigeurs), 1812-1813

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In French Canada, recruiting parties would make their announcements seeking recruits after Sunday mass. An officer (in green), soldier, bugler and sergeant (in grey) of the Provincial Corps of Light Infantry (popularly known as the 'Canadian Voltigeurs') are shown on the steps of a Lower Canadian church sometime during 1812-1813. Further recruiting business would be conducted in local taverns. It was in the interest of company officers to get recruits - their commissions were often not confirmed until after they enlisted a specific number of men. Reconstruction by Eugène Lelièpvre. (Parks Canada)

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Recruiting party, circa 1700

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The officer is shown paying the enlistment bounty to a recruit.

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Canadian Illustrated News - Enrolling the National Guard - The War

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A drawing of men registering for the National Guard during the Franco-Prussian War.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Inspection of British Army recruits, circa 1780

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This caricature showing a group of rather unpromising men enlisted to be soldiers reflected a certain reality according to contemporary accounts. Subjected to intensive training, strict discipline from which any deviation was punished by horrendous means, the men would be turned into hard-fighting men, but there many would desert.

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Canadian soldier at home, 1919

Type: Image

This idyllic view of the soldier’s return did not always reflect the reality faced by returning veterans of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. (Library of the Canadian Department of National Defence)

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