Orders of Service

Marking the beginning of the Great War

Just a few months after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War, the citizens of Hamilton, Ontario, assembled to give thanks on the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the war.

Hamilton 1919.pdf (19.27 MB)

An infantry battalion remembers

The 34th Battalion had been raised in Guelph, Ontario, and in 1933 brought its wartime chaplain back to officiate at a memorial service.

Chalmers.pdf (21.55 MB)

Giving thanks for peace

Sold at $1 per hundred, this leaflet provided a standard service that could be used by any of the Protestant denominations to mark the end of the Second World War.

Victory Day Service

This Royal Canadian Navy Draft Depot in Halifax, Nova Scotia, held a church service to mark the German surrender in May 1945.

A soldier's funeral

Gilbert Thomas of Lucknow, Ontario, died of disease not long after he enlisted in the 5th University Company, and his body was brought home for burial.

Gilbert Thomas.pdf (4.61 MB)

Sunday School in wartime

Services such as this one were intended to ensure that children understood the meaning and significance of the First World War in its religious context.

Loyalty.pdf (3.45 MB)

Church service for soldiers

This order of service for use in military training camps began with the exhortation "All are requested to join heartily in the Prayers, Psalm, Creed and Hymns."

Divine Service.pdf (1.45 MB)

Remembering a fallen airman

Alan Pilcher was flying with 544 Squadron RAF when he was killed in a flying accident in Britain on 2 December 1943. A memorial service was held in his hometown of Fort Steele, British Columbia.

Pilcher.pdf (1.36 MB)

Patriotism at Sunday School

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

iserve.pdf (3.83 MB)