This song was released in 1941 during the Second World War as an anthem for people all across Canada to sing. This song inspired feelings of patriotism and pride for the singers, and more generally encourages national unity.
In this letter, the Department of the Interior is looking for a man named Mr. Albert Formo, "...making careful enquiry as to whether the entrant is on active service, or a returned soldier." The recipient of this letter was tasked with visiting Mr. Formo's home directly.
In 1945, a loving son sent this Valentine's Day card to his mother, Mrs. George Laidlaw in Ingersoll, Ontario. Likely sent from Italy given the illustration inside, the card conveys all the love and well-wishes of a son keen to return home after service overseas.
A possibly conscripted soldier only identified as Sam H., wrote from military Camp Aldershot in Nova Scotia, that the battalion was leaving the very next day in July 1918. He expressed his fear of going overseas and not returning home to his significant other, Emma.
The Halifax explosion of 6 December, 1917 was caused by the collision of two ships in the harbour, one contained artillery and explosives bound for Europe, which resulted in an intense explosion, and subsequent tsunami. Nearly 2000 people were killed by the explosion and its after effects, while nearly 9000 people were injured.