Fighting Words: Canadian War Poets

The First World War produced many war poets, particularly those writing in English; Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and Edmund Blunden all come to mind. In the Canadian context, there is a clear favourite for most well known – John McCrae, the author of “In Flanders Fields”. However, there were other less well known or less popular poets than McCrae, some of whom are only just now being discovered.  Continue reading “Fighting Words: Canadian War Poets”

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After the war is over: The Canadian POW experience in the First World War

"Kriegsgefangenen-Sendung" [Prisoner of War Postcard], Harold Andrews to Gladys Bradbury, 1918. Collections CCGW/CCGG 2015.02.20.01-13r
“Kriegsgefangenen-Sendung” [Prisoner of War Postcard], Harold Andrews to Gladys Bradbury, 1918. Collections CCGW/CCGG 2015.02.20.01-13r
When a family got the news that their soldier was missing in action there was always the faint hope that they would have been taken prisoner. As the days stretched into months many men were listed as “deceased for official purposes” if there was no news of them; however, 7 million others were eventually discovered to be prisoners of war.  Continue reading “After the war is over: The Canadian POW experience in the First World War”