British Columbia Remembers the Great WarWatch


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War in the Air

The Royal BC Museum salutes the Province’s young World War I pilots who fought the war in the air while their comrades battled in the trenches below.  From This Week in History Season 5 Episode 11.Credit: RBCM

WWI Christmas Cards

Christmas in the trenches? The festive season didn't always feel festive in wartime. But letters and parcels kept soldiers in touch with home and helped many through World War I. From This Week in History Season 2 Episode 15.Credit: RBCM

Joe Shires

Joe Shires was an ordinary soldier, one of far too many who fought and died in the First World War. But the letters sent by this young man back home to Victoria gives us a glimpse of war time that is anything but ordinary. From This Week in History Season 3 Episode 1.Credit: RBCM

Soldiers of the King (BC Remembers: The Great War) Royal BC Museum

This four-minute video montage shows soldiers training in a few different locations around BC. Notice how young many of the soldiers appear to be and their visible excitement at preparing to go to war. Even though the war was well underway, some still saw this as an exciting overseas adventure. For more information about the source footage used to create this montage, see A Movie Camera is a Time Machine.Credit: RBCM, Produced and edited by Archivist, Dennis J. Duffy.

Jolly Good Luck to Johnny Canuck (BC Remembers: The Great War) - Royal BC Museum

This four-minute montage shows soldiers marching at various locations in and around Victoria, including the Willows training camp in Oak Bay and the streets of the city itself. If you live in or a have visited Victoria, do you recognize any of the streets or buildings shown? Who is the “Johnny Canuck” referred to in the accompanying song? Who are “the Boys of the Allies”? For more information about the source footage used to create this montage, see A Movie Camera is a Time Machine.Credit: RBCM, Produced and edited by Archivist, Dennis J. Duffy.

The Call Went Out

The Call Went Out traces the experiences of young BC soldiers as they enlist, travel and face the unexpected horrors of First World War trench warfare. Actual letters and words of soldiers are used as the script for the actors to tell their stories. The stories are mixed in with songs, music, poetry and propaganda of the time, to give an up-close and personal view of what ordinary young men and women faced both at home and on the front lines.

Credit: The Call Went Out was produced by Story Theatre Co. with the financial assistance of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the World War Commemoration Fund. It was made possible with the support of the Royal BC Museum and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Written and directed by Jim Leard and featuring Kirtsi Hack, Jeff Leard, David MacPherson, and Ingrid Moore. Costumes and props designed by Sadie Fox. Musical Direction by Avery Brown. Veteran’s Affairs Community Engagement Fund financially supported the content development and production of the initial 2014 The Call Went Out.

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