Canada in World War I. Outstanding Victories Create a Nation by Gordon Clarke

By Gordon Clarke

This interesting booklet describes Canadas coming of age in the course of global warfare I at the battlefields and at domestic. whilst Britain declared conflict on Germany, it intended that Canada was once at struggle, too. such a lot Canadians supported the warfare, however the govt confronted competition approximately conscription from French-speaking Canadians who didn't suppose a selected loyalty to Britain. within the air, the impressive feats of Canadian flying ace Billy Bishop made him a hero again domestic. at the battlefield, Britain got here to depend on Canadian infantrymen, who had a powerful attractiveness for taking and maintaining army targets whilst different troops had failed. learn how the victories of Canadian surprise troops in battles at Ypres (where they confronted mustard gasoline poisoning), the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele helped provide Canada a presence at the international level.

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Even more artists were brought into the group. F. H. VARLEY (1881–1969) Frederick Varley was born in Sheffield, England, and studied art in England and Belgium. He emigrated to Canada in 1912, and worked as a commercial artist in Toronto. In 1918, Canadian War Records commissioned Varley to serve as a war artist. He quickly gained fame for his moving paintings of the war. In 1920, Varley became a founding member of the Group of Seven. Later he taught art and worked both as a portraitist and landscape artist.

The role of women changed significantly. They began to work in factories, manufacturing, and in other jobs traditionally done by men. Women who had relatives serving in the war were first given the right to vote in 1917. A law giving all women over the age of 21 the right to vote was passed in 1918. Three years later, Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the Canadian parliament. 42 above: Canadian women gained the right to vote in 1918. Canada’s Legacy from World War I Canada entered the war as a British dominion.

In the two weeks of battle, the Canadians had lost more than 5,000 men. They had again captured a ridge that most thought was impossible to win. 34 WhaT do You knoW? ConSCripTion CriSiS of 1917 After the massive losses of personnel during the Battle of the Somme, Canada required more men to serve in the army as soldiers. There were not enough volunteers to meet the need. The government of Sir Robert Borden turned to conscription. The idea of being forced to fight in the war was very unpopular in Quebec.

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