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Volume 39 – #09

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Volume 39#09

August 26 – September 8, 2014

This letter, mailed in 1916 from France by Flt. Lt. Michael Silley, shows a censor mark. The stamp, applied by the post office after the letter arrived in Canada, partially covers the mark, and has a Toronto cancel with slogan. Soldiers were entitled to free postage, and the stamps were applied to ensure that the letters were not treated as postage due. Images courtesy of Ron Leith Auctions

Canadian post offices took to the field of battle a century ago

On Aug. 4, 1914, Britain entered into the conflict today known as the First World War. At that time, Canada did not conduct its own foreign policy and found itself also at war. The next day, the Canadian government determined that it would raise a Canadian Expeditionary Force at its own cost, to serve in Europe alongside British and allied troops. For the Canadian military, this represented a problem because the tiny permanent army was not up to the task. Rather than mobilize the militia, it was decided to raise a separate force, using numbered battalions made up of active militia and civilian and veteran volunteers. Continue reading →

Features
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Canada Post cover honours Hull regiment
Page 5
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Regulars
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Show & Bourse
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Page 23
Editorial
Mail played major role in wartime Canada

By now, I’m sure pretty much everyone in Canada knows that the First World War started a century ago. I don’t think we can come close to really understanding the significance of the event. Back in 1914, I imagine things were a bit different. For one thing, it wasn’t called the First World War, or even the World War, it was just a war, which later became known as the Great War. People thought it would be over in just a few months. Our real challenge in comprehending the conflict comes from the fact that the world of 100 years ago was so very different from the one we live in today.

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By Bret Evans
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Page 8
Commonwealth Communiqué
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Page 9

First-Day Covers
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Page 10
Collecting 101
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Page 11

News Bites
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