Canada: THE SERVICES: The Champ

With some wonderment in its tone, Canadian Military Headquarters in London said that in the field of absence-with-out-leave Adrien Demers was probably "standing broad-jump champion" of the Canadian or any other army. In Bordon, Hampshire, last week, the stubby, 35-year-old lance corporal from South Granby, Quebec, blandly pleaded guilty to being AWOL for "1,692 days, twelve hours, 20 minutes."

Adrien Demers enlisted in May, 1940, was shipped to a Canadian camp near Guildford, England. He went AWOL at Christmas time, he said, because a guardroom sergeant made his life miserable. Then, for four years and eight months, right under the...

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