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Major Canadian events in The Great War
  • July 29. Britain warns Canada of deteriorating situation in Europe.
  • Aug 02. Canada offers Britain troops for overseas service.
  • Aug 05. Britain declares war. Canada is automatically at war.
  • Aug 06. Britain accepts Canada's offer of troops.
  • Aug 19.The first volunteers begin to arrive at Valcartier camp.
  • Sept 04. Aproximately 32,000 men have assembled at Valcartier.
  • Oct 03. 1st contingent Canadian Expeditionary Force sails for England.
  • Oct 14. 1st contingent C.E.F. arrives in England.
  • Dec 21. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry arrives in France. The first Canadian unit committed to battle in the Great War.
  • Feb 07. 1st Canadian Division begins moving to France.
  • Mar 03. 1st Canadian Division is made responsible for 6000m of front near Fleurbaix.
  • April 01. 1st Canadian Division is moved north to the Ypres Salient.
  • Apr 22. Battle of Ypres. First use of poison gas against French.
  • Apr 24. Battle of St.Julien. First use of poison gas against Canadian troops. Canadian troops hold the line.
  • May 05. Lt-Col John McCrae of the Canadian Expeditionary Force composed the well-known poem In Flanders Fields.
  • May 18. Battle of Festubert.
  • May 25. Second Canadian Division formed in Canada.
  • June 15. Battle of Givenchy.
  • Sept 19. Newfoundland Regiment lands at Suvla Bay in Gallipoli.
  • Nov 16. Canadian's launched their first trench raid at Riviere Douve.
  • Dec 20. Newfoundland Regiment evacuated from Suvla Bay
  • Dec 25. 3rd Canadian Division formed.


  • Apr 06. The Battle of St.Eloi Craters.
  • Jun 02. Battle of Mount Sorrel. Major General Mercer killed.
  • Sept 15. Battle of Courcelette. First use of the tank and the rolling barrage.
  • Sept 26. Battle of Thiepval Ridge.
  • Nov. Sir Samuel Hughes Minister of Militia and Defense is sacked by Prime Minister Borden.


  • Apr 09. The Battle of Vimy Ridge.
  • June 11. Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden introduced a Military Service Bill.
  • Aug 15. Battle for Hill 70. First use of mustard gas against Canadians.
  • Oct 26. The Battle of Passchendaele
  • Aug 29. Conscription became law in Canada.
  • Nov. Prime Minister Borden's Unionists win a majority in the federal election.
  • Nov 20. The Battle of Cambrai.
  • Dec 06. The Halifax Explosion. French munitions vessel Mont Blanc explodes in Halifax Harbour killing almost 1600 people.


  • Jan. Conscription now in force.
  • March 21. German Offensive begins.
  • March 30. Canadian Cavalry attack at Moreuil Wood.
  • Aug 08. The Battle of Amiens. The beginning of what is known as Canada's Hundred Days.
  • Aug 26. The Battle of the Scarpe.
  • Sept 02. The Battle of the Drocourt-Queant Line.
  • Sept 27. The Battle of the Canal Du Nord and Cambrai.
  • Nov 02. The Canadian Corps capture the town of Valenciennes in its last major battle of the war.
  • Nov 10. The Canadian Corps Reached the outskirts of Mons.
  • Nov 11. At 10:58am Private George Price of the 28th Battalion is killed by a sniper. Two minutes later at 11:00am the armistice came into effect. The war was over.

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