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In Flanders Fields
in the trenches In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Photograph courtesy of the
trustees of the Imperial War Museum
John McCrae [1872-1918]
child reaching out to touch marching soldiers "All wars end up being reduced to statistics, strategies, debates about their origins and results. These debates about war are important, but not more important than the human story of those who fought in them."

~ Sir Martin Gilbert ~

group of soldiers

World War I

Canadian Expeditionary Force Title: C.E.F. [Canadian Expeditionary Force] Grenadier Guards in trenches together at Armentières
Place: Armentières, France.
Date: Feb. 1915.

Also see Traces of War
The Battlefield Paintings of Mary Riter Hamilton, 1919 - 1922

Photo from Library and Archives Canada 
Charlie and Wally Gray The Archives of Ontario Remembers Our Canadian War Heroes - The Archives has a series of letters written from the battlefront during World War One by two brothers, Charlie and Wally Gray. Read a selection of these letters, listen to excerpts from them and view photographs and drawings selected from other First World War collections held by the Archives.

A studio photograph of Charles and Walter Gray posing in their uniforms
prior to shipping overseas to fight in World War 1.

F 4383-30, Archives of Ontario

World War II

a young boy is receiving medical attention from Lance Corporal W.J. Curtis The Second World War was as much about civilians suffering as military as this photograph shows.
Here, a young boy, is receiving medical attention from Lance Corporal W.J. Curtis,
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, in Colomby France, on 19 June 1944.

(Photo credit: Libary and Archives Canada)

Lancaster bomber

Ceremonies for Avro-Lancaster bomber, National Steel Car, 1942
Reference Code: C 5-1-0-91-7
Archives of Ontario, I0011328

Sgt. (Pilot) Albert Stanley Prince

Sgt. (Pilot) Albert Stanley Prince
First Canadian military casualty of the Second World War

Squadron Leader Ian Bazalgette

Squadron Leader Ian Bazalgette

A Canadian Lancaster pilot from Alberta.

Korean War

photo of Ron Andrew, Royal Canadian Navy Ron (Andy) Andrew wanted to fly for the RAF during WWII, but was too young at the time.
Instead he worked building planes used by the RAF.
He later joined the navy when he was old enough and served on the HMS Charity during the Korean War in 1951.
After the war he moved to Alberta where he became a police officer with the Edmonton Police force.

Photo of HMS Charity Ships Company
Hong Kong Harbour 1951

Modern Conflicts

Warrant Officer George Vladisavljevic Warrant Officer George Vladisavljevic, a member of the 1R22eR from Valcartier, Québec is discussing with a resident of a small village named Otoka, in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

This man lost everything during the fighting between Serbs and Croats Forces in Otoka between 1992 and 1995.

The only thing he has left is his 17 year old horse.

Warrant officer Vladisavljevic is a native from Serbia but grew up in Kirklands, near Montreal.

Department of National Defence collection