Canadian History for Kids: Edith Louisa Cavell

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Sketches of Our Canada, World War One

Canadian History for Kids: Edith Louisa Cavell

Edith Louisa Cavell was a British nurse and an influential pioneer of modern nursing in Belgium. During the First World War she saved the lives of many soldiers, both allies and enemy. She also helped almost 200 allied soldiers escape from German occupied Belgium. By helping them escape she was arrested, court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. She was shot by a German firing squad on October 12, 1915. She was 49 years old at the time.

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Canadian History for Kids: Sir Sam Hughes

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Sketches of Our Canada, World War One

Canadian History for Kids: Sir Sam Hughes

‘My character is unique, my ways are unique,’ Sir Sam Hughes. He was indeed unique and he had very little fear. Sir Samuel Hughes, was the Canadian Minister of Militia and Defence during World War I. Hughes was born in 1853 in the Ontario county of Durham. He taught school in eastern Ontario then in Toronto. When he was 30 he moved to Lindsay and bought the local paper the Warder, which he used to promote his views. He was first elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for Victoria North in 1891.

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Canadian History for Kids: The Newfoundland Regiment

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Sketches of Our Canada, World War One

Canadian History for Kids: The Newfoundland Regiment

When Britain entered the First World War on August 4, 1914, Newfoundland and Labrador, which was then a British dominion, was suddenly at war, too. The people of Newfoundland reacted strongly to the news of war. Almost 1,000 young men signed up to join the newly-created Newfoundland Regiment by late September 1914. The regiment’s first soldiers set sail for Britain on October 3, 1914 and more soldiers would soon follow. The Newfoundlanders would train in England and Scotland for months before finally seeing action on an unexpected front—the eastern Mediterranean.

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Canadian History for Kids: Canada’s Hundred Days

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Sketches of Our Canada, World War One

Canadian History for Kids: Canada’s Hundred Days

The great achievements of Canadian soldiers on battlefields such as Ypres, Vimy and Passchendaele – to name just a few – ignited a sense of national pride and a confidence that Canada could stand on the world stage alone. Our many achievements on the battlefield were capped by a three-month stretch of victories at the end of the war during what came to be known as “Canada’s Hundred Days”.

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Canadian History for Kids: Victoria Cross at Vimy Ridge

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Sketches of Our Canada, World War One

Canadian History for Kids: Victoria Cross at Vimy Ridge

The Victoria Cross was instituted in 1856 and given to soldiers for “most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy”. It is a cross pattee with a dark brown finish and is made from cannons captured from the Russians during the Crimean War. The recipient’s rank, name and regiment are engraved on the reverse of the mounting bar.

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Canadian History for Kids: Vimy Ridge

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Sketches of Our Canada, World War One

Canadian History for Kids: Vimy Ridge

Arthur Currie leads all four divisions of the Canadian Corps, capturing most of Vimy Ridge by nightfall. April 9th, 1917, Easter Monday, four Canadian military divisions attacked Vimy Ridge in northern France during the first world war. This Canadian History for Kids, Sketches of our Canada, looks at this battle and the ‘birth of a nation”.

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