When Britain entered the war on August 4, 1914, so, too, did the British Empire. As a member of the British Empire, Canada was immediately thrown into battle. Some 33,000 volunteers were among the first Canadians sent overseas in October. By the war's end 630,000 Canadian men and women served in some capacity with 420,000 being sent into battle.
The First Wold War would prove to be the bloodiest conflict in Canadian history: almost 61,000 servicemen and women were killed during the four years the war lasted and another 172,000 were wounded.
This exhibit will examine the impact of the First World War on Whitby and will highlight a few servicemen using archival records from the collections of the Whitby Archives and Library and Archives Canada. Click on the links to the left to learn more.