Remembering

Reunion of "The Old Iron Second"

The 2nd Battalion drew its personnel primarily from eastern Ontario, and fought in every major Canadian battle of the First World War. By the end of the war, over 5200 officers and men had served in the unit; 1353 were killed in action or died of wounds.

View PDF: 2nd Bn Reunion.pdf

For old and new veterans

His Majesty's Army and Navy Veterans was established in 1887, and made a concerted effort to draw members from the hundreds of thousands of First World War veterans in Canada. Its primary aim was "the protection, uplifting, comfort and welfare of every man who has taken up arms in defence of his country."

A souvenir of the Great War

This souvenir scroll, produced in 1919, featured portraits of the three commanders of the Canadian Corps and a short summary of the important campaigns of the war.

From memorial to playground

Captured German artillery pieces were sent to Canada as war trophies after the First World War. Intended to act as monuments, they often became playthings for children.

Raising funds for a war memorial

After the Second World War, Shawnigan Lake School in British Columbia launched a campaign to raise money for scholarships and improvements to the school, to honour former students who had been killed while in uniform.

Canada's Part in the War

This booklet, the third edition of an original work published by the Director of Public Information in 1919, presents an overview of Canada's participation in the Great War.

Canada's Part in the Great War

This booklet, published by the Director of Public Information in 1919, presents an overview of Canada's participation in the Great War.

Canada in the Great War

This booklet, a re-publication of pieces appearing in two issues of Maclean's magazine, contains a chronicle of Canadian accomplishments during the First World War, as recounted by Major George A. Drew.

Heroes of Yesterday and Today

This booklet commemorates military heroes of the Second World War by using a comparison to the historic French martyr Adam Dollard des Ormeaux.

View PDF: Héros

Anniversary of the Battle of Courcelette

The battle at Courcelette was part of the larger Somme offensive during the First World War. The battle was launched on the 15th of September in 1916, and marked the debut of the Canadian and New Zealand troops in the battle of the Somme. This publication was released during the Second World War to mark the 25th anniversary of the Canadians at Courcelette.

Memorial windows in Dundas

Just a year after the end of the First World War, the Methodist Church in Dundas, Ontario, unveiled two splendid stained-glass windows in honour of its war dead.

View PDF: Dundas Meth Ch.pdf

Memories of a soldier son

Patrick McDermott left his home in Woodstock, Ontario, to enlist in the Canadian Army, and eventually served with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. He was killed in action in September 1944, and buried in Bergen-op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands. After the war, his family saved these few mementos of his time in uniform.

"God bless our noble womenfolk"

This song looking back at the war from 1921 was unusual in giving equal attention to its impact on women as well as men.

Saskatchewan veterans raising funds

The Canadian Legion branch in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, grew from the town's Great War Veterans' Association branch, founded in December 1918. In the 1930s, Legion members were involved in an effort to build a memorial hospital for the region.

In honour of returning soldiers

Dedicated to the Returned Soldiers’ Association of Winnipeg, Miller's song looked ahead to the day when soldiers would return to their loved ones.

View PDF: Long long way.pdf

A family shows its pride

Leonard Brooks enlisted in the 34th Battalion in Galt, Ontario; after he was wounded in the Ypres Salient in June 1916, his family produced this postcard to show their pride.

Make your own sailor's memorial

Distributed with an illustrated magazine, this memorial scroll could accommodate various sizes of photographs, and had a space where the sailor's name and rank could be recorded.

Tribute to a soldier

After George Yates was killed in action while serving on the Western Front with the 20th Battalion, his grieving family in Toronto produced this booklet as a tribute to his life.

View PDF: Yates.pdf

Veterans return to France

Tourist official in the city of Tours, France, prepared this guide to the local sights for ex-soldiers and their families who visited the area during the Vimy Pilgrimage in 1936.

View PDF: Amboise.pdf

Dundas Methodists remember

Methodist Church superintendent Rev. S.D. Chown was on hand as the congregation in Dundas, Ontario, dedicated its war memorial plaque in 1920.

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