The First World War was the cause of dramatic changes in every Canadian community. What it meant to daily life becomes clear in this book about the war years in Guelph, Ontario. The first months were the easiest, as young men rushed to enlist. Once news of casualties and deaths started arriving, the atmosphere changed drastically. Mothers dreaded the arrival of the telegraph boy. Newspapers published fulsome obituaries which could not obscure the tragedy of their deaths. Tensions emerged — one compelling example being a secret military and police night-time raid on a Catholic seminary just outside the town, looking for young men hiding from conscription.
With these stories, Edward Butts offers a compelling portrait of people trying to make sense of a war with little evident logic. His account helps explain why the cause of the League of Nations and efforts to ensure peace in the 1920s and 1930s were so powerful amongst Canadians who had learned about the real impact of wartime on ordinary people.
Through the use of primary resources including articles from the local press, letters from overseas, and newsreels in the cinema, Butts captures the reality of the First World War for Canadians at home.
About the author
Edward Butts is the author of numerous books, including Murder, Line of Fire, Running With Dillinger, True Canadian Unsolved Mysteries, and The Desperate Ones, which was nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
"Offers valuable insights into the country as a whole during one of its worst calamities."
Other titles by Edward Butts
Rum, Blood & Treasure
Stories Strange and True from Atlantic Canada
Canadian Cultural Heritage 4-Book Bundle
Molly Brant / Louis Riel / Harriet Tubman / Simon Girty
Canadian Cultural Heritage Bundle
Louis Riel / Harriet Tubman / Simon Girty
Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 21–30
Louis Riel / James Wilson Morrice / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Robertson Davies / James Douglas / William C. Van Horne / George Simpson / Tom Thomson / Simon Girty / Mary Pickford
Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 26–30
William C. Van Horne / George Simpson / Tom Thomson / Simon Girty / Mary Pickford
Wrong Side of the Law
True Stories of Crime
One Hundred Years of People, Plans, and Plants
Twelve True Stories of Homicide in Canada