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First World War (1914 – 1918)

Canada’s role in the First World War

The armistice of November 11, 1918, brought relief to the whole world. Never before had there been such a conflict. For a nation of eight million people Canada’s war effort was remarkable. More than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served — over 66,000 gave their lives and more than 172,000 were wounded. It was this immense sacrifice that lead to Canada’s separate signature on the Peace Treaty. No longer viewed as just a colony of England, Canada had truly achieved nation status. This nationhood was purchased by the gallant men who stood fast at Ypres, stormed Regina Trench, climbed the heights of Vimy Ridge, captured Passchendaele, and entered Mons on November 11, 1918.

Timeline - Canada and its military

Experience Vimy


I’ll never forget Vimy Ridge.
(Lieutenant Frank Benjamin Conrad)

The attack was to start at 5 o’clock Monday morning, April the 9. Easter Monday Morning.
(Lieutenant John Percy Copp)

It started in such a noise I had never heard and hope I never will again.
(Lance-Corporal Whitfield Thomas Ganong)

The duty of the Canadian Corps was to capture Vimy ridge and they did it.
(Major Orvil Ard Elliott)

I only hope that when the total casualty lists are made up that they are not too heavy.
(Major Orvil Ard Elliott)

That was quite a day, one which I never want to go through again.
(Lieutenant John Percy Copp)

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