Certificates and Awards
The Red Cross Conservation Department was responsible for saving waste material - everything from fat and bones to scrap metal - to be turned into weapons. Collecting such things was a popular activity for schoolchildren.
Like most children, the students of Lord Roberts School in London, Ontario, were deeply involved in supporting the war effort, through collecting scrap paper, raising money for the Canadian Red Cross Society, or donating money to buy airplanes.
Certificates like these were given to schoolchildren as a way to recognize their contribution to the war effort, and to ensure that they felt included in the struggle.
A Canadian schoolgirl received this certificate in 1915 for a donation to benefit the Empire’s soldiers.
St Stephen High School in New Brunswick honoured the graduating class of 1916 just days before the beginning of the Somme Offensive.