Wholesome entertainments: The YMCA in the First World War

The First World War period in Canada, an across the British Empire, saw an unprecedented amount of activity by charitable organisations towards the war effort. Groups like the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE), and the Red Cross raised millions of dollars for medical supplies and for the care of prisoners of war. Others were more concerned with the welfare of the young men fighting in Europe, particularly the YMCA and the Salvation Army.  Continue reading “Wholesome entertainments: The YMCA in the First World War”

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“The country needs dignity and refined taste”: 100 years of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has been celebrating the centenary of its founding since May 21st, with events across the Commonwealth countries, including one at the Canadian War Museum this past week. One of the most striking sites when travelling in northern France are the CWGC managed cemeteries; they are quiet places, with rows of white headstones, and perfectly maintained grass walkways.  Continue reading ““The country needs dignity and refined taste”: 100 years of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission”