The Kern family, which included Eugène, Lucien and Aimé, as well as their sister, Marguerite, and their widowed mother, Constantine, née Cuny, were originally from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, where the siblings were born between 1882 and 1891. Attracted by immigration propaganda which spoke of available farmland in Western Canada, the eldest son, Eugène, crossed the ocean in 1905 and ended up in St. Léon, Manitoba, where he worked on a farm. He was so impressed with his experience that he returned to France and came back with his family to settle permanently in St. Léon. When the war broke out in 1914, the three brothers responded to the call to arms and set out to defend their native France. Eugène was killed in action in 1915. Aimé, who was seriously wounded in 1917, did not return to the Front, and eventually married a French woman. Lucien was given permission to return to Canada in 1917, and died as a result of contracting the Spanish Flu. All three brothers were prolific writers and their war experience was documented through their abundant correspondence as well as articles published in La Liberté. Based on information from La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.