Women representing the Great War in Canada and Newfoundland
Image: Mary Riter Hamilton. Sanctuary Wood, Flanders. 1920. Oil on Plywood, 59.100 x 45.700 cm. Mary Riter Hamilton Fonds, Library and Archives Canada. Acc. No. 1988-180-21.
One of the consequences of the majority of the Canadian population immigrating to the country in the 19th and early 20th century was that at the outbreak of the war many families found themselves divided in their loyalties to their new, British controlled country. Those who had travelled from Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and parts of what is now Ukraine suddenly had relatives in the Triple Alliance army, and even their own loyalty began to be doubted. Many were sent to internment camps and even those who escaped imprisonment were often ostracised and driven out of their communities. Continue reading “In the King’s uniform: The Jukes family and the First World War”