In 1914, Alberta had been a province for only nine years. Of the over 45,000 recruits from Alberta, about 6,000 were killed and some 20,000 were wounded. This lecture series will recount stories drawing on letters, diaries and memoirs. Four topic areas are explored. ‘The Military’ focuses on the contributions of Alberta battalions, regiments and serving men. ‘Homefront’ topics include inflation, labour shortages, and accommodating the returning “walking wounded” including the growing influence of women of British descent and their contributions through charitable organizations to the war effort. ‘Communities at War’ explores impacts on geographical and ethnocultural communities. ‘Aftermath’ focuses on postwar challenges including dealing with individuals who were maimed physically and emotionally, soldier settlement schemes, new roles for women in society, and the Spanish Influenza pandemic.
Adriana Davies, PhD is a historian and co-edited the anthology “The Frontier of Patriotism: Alberta and the First World War”, University of Calgary Press, 2016.