If you were asked to write about “The Great War”, what would you say? What is your response to the national and personal sacrifices it demanded?
In 1915 Eva Wolfe, age 15, wrote about “The Great War” for an essay competition in Streetsville and won first prize. Her composition began with Germany and as she described the steps that led to war, she placed responsibility firmly on the Kaiser. She saw Britain and the colonies as the opponents of German militarism and the defenders of freedom and equal rights for all nations. Eva was sure that Canada was fighting for what was right and good. While she mourned the deaths of many brave men, she was thankful to know that they were dying the “death of heroes” in the cause of everything they held dear. Her earnest desire was for the Allies to conquer and peace to reign in the world.
The First World War raged from 1914-1918 and caused world-wide upheaval. More than 100 years later, Canadians still seek to understand and honour the costly sacrifices it demanded.
As war came to the towns and countryside of historic Mississauga, local residents took up the challenge and “did their bit”. For some, it was the decision to enlist. For others it was a matter of supporting the troops with letters and care packages and prayers. Over time, the local war effort grew to include rationing, victory loans, income taxes, agricultural programs, registration and ultimately, conscription. Nonetheless, in the midst of all the regulations and worry, people went on with many of the everyday activities of family and community life.
Mississauga at War features news and letters from The Streetsville Review and Port Credit Herald, photographs from the war years, and stories of local men and women who enlisted. To see the articles in date order, scroll down the Pages section of the sidebar.
This site is sponsored by the Mississauga Library System. It is dedicated to the men and women from historic Mississauga who served in uniform and worked on the home front during the war.
Additional materials are of interest. If you have photographs, letters or keepsakes to share, please contact Central Library at 905-615-3200 ext. 3660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.