Remembering

The Great War Veterans' Association of Paris, Ontario

The ex-soldiers' organization organized a number of concerts in Paris immediately after the First World War, to raise money for its fund that aided destitute veterans.

Honouring the Canadian Grenadier Guards

Fifteen years after the end of the Second World War, this Montreal unit laid up its colours in accordance with military tradition.

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Canadian War Memorials Exhibition Program

The Canadian Government commissioned artists across the Dominion to document both the Canadian Expeditionary Force overseas, and the impact of the war at home. Many of this war art became part of a traveling exhibit organized by the Canadian War Memorials Fund.

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The 240th Battalion re-forms

Survivors of the 240th Battalion, formed in 1916 in eastern Ontario, came together in Renfrew, Ontario, thirty-two years after the end of the First World War.

Vimy Pilgrims in London

This memorial service, at the Cenotaph in London, was convened as part of the Vimy Pilgrimage of 1936.

War Memorial, Dundas, Ontario

The monument in Dundas honoured the dead of the South African War as well as the First World War, and featured a soldier figure by sculptor Hamilton MacCarthy.

War Memorial Children's Hospital

The War Memorial Children's Hospital of London, Ontario, opened in 1921, issued a report and plea for donations each year.

Harold Bailey, Melfort, Saskatchewan

Harold Bailey was born in Perth County, Ontario, but was living in Melfort, Saskatchewan, when he enlisted with the 1st Contingent early in the First World War. Over the next five years, he sent a series of postcards to various family members, who carefully preserved them until his return to Canada in 1919.

The Kangaroos in battle

The 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment, nicknamed the Kangaroos because its vehicles were intended to carry infantrymen, published this history of its participation in the campaign in north-west Europe after the Second World War, when the unit was stationed in the Netherlands.

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Souvenir of the Vimy Pilgrimage

A Canadian veteran travelling to the unveiling of the memorial at Vimy Ridge bought this souvenir on board the SS Montrose while en route to France.

A Vimy Pilgrim writes home

In 1936, a Canadian veteran sent this postcard to a friend in Windsor, Ontario, to describe the unveiling of the memorial on the site of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, war memorial

The Royal Canadian Legion branch in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, unveiled its war memorial at this service in 1937.

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Colours of the 115th Battalion

The last act in the life of a military unit is the laying up of its colours, an honour that is done with great ceremony.

Canadian Pacific Railway war memorial

The CPR erected three identical war memorials in its main stations in Montreal, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. A hand-written note on the back of this postcard reads "Folks who have lost put fresh flowers on in memory."

War relics at Annapolis Royal

After the First World War, Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, featured an extensive display of wartime artifacts, including a German 105mm field gun that had been captured by Canadian units.

Remembrance Day service

The Remembrance Day service in Bathurst, New Brunswick, probably early in the Second World War.

War memorial, Sudbury, Ontario

A memorial service at the cenotaph in Sudbury, Ontario, c1930.

The Dumbells, “Watchman, What of the Night?”

The Dumbells were the most popular soldiers’ concert party in the First World War, and indeed into the 1920s.

War memorial, Canning, Nova Scotia

The war memorial in Canning, Nova Scotia, c1930.

Tableau of “In Flanders Fields”

This float, inspired by John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields,’ was likely used in a Victory Bond parade late in the First World War.

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