Music

"Hail Country, Flag and King"

Although it was published early in the Second World War, this song would not have been out of place during the First World War.

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"They are gladly dying just to keep the old flag flying"

MacNutt and Kelly were among the more successful song-writing duos of the First World War - this was an attempt to follow up on their hugely popular "We'll Never Let the Old Flag Fall."

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March of the Nova Scotia Highlanders

This stirring song used the image of children weeping to bolster support for the war effort.

From bank clerk to soldier

Not long after writing this song, Toronto bank clerk Gordon Dagger enlisted in the 257th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Tipperary Tommy

Inspired by the British song "It's a Long Way to Tipperary," this song had little Canadian content - except for the maple leaf on the cover.

March for a hero

This piece of music was composed and dedicated to Lieutenant G.E. Graven of the 22nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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Song for an infantry battalion

The 201st Battalion (Toronto Light Infantry) had its own tribute song, but music was not enough to encourage recruitment. The unit was disbanded in September 1916 when it failed to reach its authorized strength.

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Military bands

During the First World War, most units had brass or pipe bands, which played for the troops or gave concerts for the townspeople near their encampments. These are the bands of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot, 23rd (Reserve) Battalion, 37th Battalion, 43rd Battalion, 83rd Battalion, 85th Battalion, 92nd Battalion, 131st Battalion, 161st Battalion, and other units that cannot be identified.

Songs for Canadians in uniform

Distributed to Canadian serviceman and servicewomen during the Second World War, this song book contained a mixture of patriotic anthems, romantic ballads, hymns, and humorous songs.

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