First World War Unwanted Warriors

To research and write his book, Unwanted Warriors: The Rejected Volunteers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadian War Museum historian Dr. Nic Clarke read the service files of 3,400 men who tried to enlist during WWI, but were rejected.

In his book released earlier this month, Dr. Clarke explores the mechanics of the medical examination, the physical and psychological qualities that the authorities believed made a fighting man, and how evaluations changed as the war dragged on.

To continue reading about this book, visit Gail Dever’s page.

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