Collection 2012/16 - Ernest Donat Therrien collection

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Ernest Donat Therrien collection

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CA ON00093 2012/16

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  • [201-] (Creation)
    Therrien, Ernest Donat

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Ernest Donat Therrien was a Canadian soldier who fought in the Second World War with the Canadian Grenadier Guards in the 22nd Armoured Regiment, No. 3 Squadron, No. 4 Troop commanded by Sgt Hurwitz. On 24 October 1944 Ernest Therrien was captured at Wouwsche Plantage in the Netherlands along with the rest of his tank crew and sent to the prisoner of war camp Stalag XIB located near Fallingbostel, Germany where he remained until the Allies liberated the area. Therrien was first sent to a large Prisoners of War Hospital in Lingen, Germany because he was wounded and travelled later to Stalag XIB with A.H. LeReverend from the Lincoln-Welland Regiment who was also wounded. During his imprisonment Ernest Therrien and other Canadians were taken from the camp on a forced march to work in nearby salt mines.

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Collection gathered by Janie and Gary Therrien and copies sent to Dr. Steve Harris by email.

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Collection consists of research material on Ernest Donat Therrien’s experience as a prisoner of war during the Second World War. Includes emails between Janie and Gary Therrien and Dr. Steve Harris listing the 22nd Armoured Regiment’s movements from mobilization until the end of the war. Also includes emails describing different sources of information that were consulted including Library and Archives Canada, The Red Cross, and The Memories Project. The research material contains an excerpt from the book “A Measure of Protest” written by A.H. LeReverend who was a POW at Stalag XIB with Ernest Therrien. Copies of the 22nd Armoured Regiment’s War Diary for 24 October 1944 to 29 Oct 1944, and Orders for 27 October 1944 are included in the research along with emails exchanged between Jakke Arnouts in Essen, Belgium and Janie and Gary Therrien in relation to the precise location Ernest Therrien was captured and a possible tour of the site.

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Dr. Steve Harris passed the collection to the DHH Archives on 26 June 2012.


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    No further accruals are expected.

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