World War I

The Clarion - Dominion Day 1916

This poem, printed in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, is typical of the highly emotional verse that was so common during the First World War.

The Princess Pats

This postcard honoured Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, the first Canadian unit to enter the front lines during the First World War.

King George and Queen Mary’s Club

This leaflet was distributed as an introduction a London rest club for the Empire’s soldiers during the First World War.

Exemption from conscription

Carl Atkins was exempted under the Military Service Act on the grounds that he was physically unfit for military service.

View PDF: msaexemption.pdf

Modern War Weapons series – Sweet Caporal Cigarettes

This First World War cigarette card illustrates the technology of the underwater anti-ship mine.

First World War cigarette card

This First World War cigarette card featured King George V as a leader of the Allied war effort.

Commencement exercises in St Stephen, New Brunswick

St Stephen High School in New Brunswick honoured the graduating class of 1916 just days before the beginning of the Somme Offensive.

Patriotism at Sunday School

Special patriotic services were common in Canadian Sunday Schools during the First World War.

View PDF: iserve.pdf

Merry Christmas - 1915 style

A couple of Chapleau, Ontario, chose an image of a British battle cruiser to adorn their 1915 Christmas card.

View PDF: xmascardlion.pdf

Happy Christmas Greetings

Typical First World War Christmas cards, highlighting patriotic themes and symbols.

The Save a Soldier Fund for convalescents

The Save a Soldier Fund in Hamilton, Ontario, awarded this certificate in 1916 to recognize donations to provide comforts for convalescing Canadian soldiers.

“Muggins” the fund-raising dog

“Muggins” collected over $6000 for the Canadian Red Cross Society in Victoria, British Columbia, during the First World War.

Patriotic Hymn

Sung to the tune of ‘God Save the King,’ this hymn was written by Isaac Tovell, a Methodist clergyman in Walkerville, Ontario, in 1917.

Toc H Canada: An Introduction

Toc H was a non-denominational movement, established during the First World War by a British chaplain, that spread to Canada in the 1920s and 1930s.

View PDF: tochintro.pdf

Application for membership in Toc H Canada

Toc H was a non-denominational movement, established during the First World War by a British chaplain, that spread to Canada in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Toc H Movement

Toc H was a non-denominational movement, established during the First World War by a British chaplain, that spread to Canada in the 1920s and 1930s.

View PDF: tochappeal.pdf

Songs That Help Soldiers

A sheet of hymns and spiritual songs distributed to soldiers by George Pearce of the Soldiers' Christian Association, probably around 1915.

View PDF: soldierssongs.pdf

Welcome home to Fort William

This card, with a verse by Pauline Johnson, was given to soldiers returning to the city of Fort William, Ontario, after the First World War.

King George V

An image of King George V, offered as a product premium during the First World War.

Have your soldier or sailor photographed

A First World War advertisement for a Toronto photography studio, aimed at the families of men and women in uniform.

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