The University at War: World War I
“...Saskatchewan has sent a
large proportion of men to the front. Indeed she leads Canadian universities
in the proportion near the battle-field at present. Approximately 20 per
cent of our men are now in active service.”
- The Sheaf, vol. 3, no. 6, April 1915
“War and the Canadian Universities”
In early August 1914, Britain and Canada
declared war against Germany; by 1 November 1914 the first group of University
of Saskatchewan student recruits marched to the train station, heading
for training in Winnipeg.
"The first draft to France"
save the Empire’s men
Long live the Empire’s men
God save our men
Keep them victorious
Noble and chivalrous
They are so dear to us
God save our men.
- sung on Ladies Night at the “Lit,” 25 February 1916
Miscellaneous collection, file 67.
The 28th Battalion
Private Cameron, left, and Sergeant MacPherson
“This University can never be the same after these months.”
- Edmund Oliver, at the funeral of Frank West, 1915.
immediately, The Sheaf began to run
memorials to those students killed while in
service, together with letters from the front.
First Casualties of the Conflict
University of Saskatchewan Platoon #15, "D" Company
1916, the Western Universities
Battalion formed, and another wave of
students and faculty joined up. By October
1916, 168 undergraduates, 11 staff and 8
others connected with the University had gone
to war -- between 50-60% of college men.
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