Cat No.: CA0204:Published two years after the end of the Great War, in 1920, this book was intended to record all the activities of Nova Scotians in support of the allies victory. While the Compiler and editor's name, Capt. M. S. Hunt appears in the by-line, this book was in fact the joint work of many individuals, their names being credited in the Preface as well as being printed in their individual contributions.
Interesting differences between this book of honour and other similar works published as records of the same war is that this one not only commemorates the actions and individuals of the military organizations but also those of the auxiliary and civilian efforts. The records of nursing staff, both those who went to Europe and those who served here in Canada, are particularly valuable because of their relative scarcity.
Nova Scotia hosted many regiments, brigades and other military groups and each one is given its own chapter in which accounts of its activities and major events are recorded. Also recorded are the names of the officers and many of the men who qualified themselves through their actions.
Other chapters are written from the perspective of civilian organizations. These not only report on the individuals who left their colleges, universities and service clubs to go to war but also record the individual efforts of these groups here at home in such activities as fund raising and making sure the returning troops got well looked after.
While it was recognized by the editor that the aim to report every war effort contribution would never be possible, this book does make a splendid effort. Mention should also be made of the numerous photographs and portraits provided throughout the pages. Of course the technical standard of some of the photography and printing do not do full justice to the subjects, yet their value to the book is high. This book is a valuable record of Nova Scotia's contribution to, the war to end all wars.
We have placed a sampler containing a few pages extracted from the book, including the list of contents showing all the chapter subjects, for you to browse before you buy, on our web site's Downloads page. One of our patrons was excited to find her Father identified in this book so she sent us a “posed” picture of “G” Company of the 63rd Halifax Rifles, and another of him on his own, taken in 1917. She identified her Father in the group picture and asked us if we could appeal for additional identifications of the Company members. Look in our “Free Downloads” pages for CA0204 and click on the link to “Additional Pictures” to see if any of your relatives were in the same Company.
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