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On August 4, 1914 Great Britain declared war on Germany. This meant that all of the dominions of Great Britain, including Canada, were now at war with Germany. At that time, Sir Sam Hughes was Canada’s Minister of Militia and Defence. Hughes sent out a “call to arms”, an appeal for volunteers to enlist as soldiers. In response, thousands of enthusiastic young men from across Canada volunteered to fight for Canada and Great Britain.
DescriptionThis 11-part series features stories from sites of memory in Canada related to the First World War. Conversation kits that include discussion questions and activities for students and the public, along with web links and ideas for additional resources are available for each story and accessible online. Please note, each vignette opens with 20 seconds of silence.