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Saskatchewan in Two World Wars
Home Front

Those left behind also participated in a great societal change. Suddenly the emphasis was on doing everything possible to aid those efforts in winning the war. Many items were rationed at home to ensure there would be no shortages of the necessities for the war overseas. Money was raised not only to finance the Canadian war effort but also to render assistance to those in need in other Allied countries. At home a variety of programs and projects were launched to provide "comfort" packages for our fighting men and women in Britain and Europe. Greetings and other well wishes were featured in customary and military parades, on billboards, and on signs. Everyone did their part to the best of their ability to aid the prosecution of the war.



A contemporary assessment of the situation during the war, 1915. [90]



Another observation on the impact of war, 1941. [91]



Representatives of key women's organizations met with the War Committee of Cabinet in Ottawa to plan for wider participation in war work, 1918. [92]


Report of the Women's War Conference, 1918. [93]


"Stamp Out the U-Boat" float in the Army Day parade down Second Avenue in Saskatoon, 1942. [94]
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Saskatoon's War Salvage Committee plea for materials, c. 1943. [95]
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A patriotic float in Saskatoon, c. 1915. [96]


War Savings Stamp display booth at the Saskatoon Exhibition, c. 1943. [4]
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The cookbook prepared by the Alpha Guild of Regina as a fund raising project on behalf of the Red Cross, c. 1915. [98]
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National War Finance booth, probably in a railway depot or post office, c. 1941. [99]


Pin presented to Mrs. W.C. Murray in recognition of her work for the Red Cross, c. 1919. [100]
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Assisting Britain in time of need, c. 1941. [101]
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Assistance for the wives of Canadian servicemen, 1915. [102]


The contributions of women to the war effort was not overlooked. [103]


Season's greetings, 1916. [104]


A woman worker and supporter, c. 1940. [105]


J.F. Cairns department store sends greetings to members of the 65th Battalion, 1915. [106]


Red Cross nurses prepare parcels for shipment to the troops overseas, c. 1941. [107]


Letter from E.H. Oliver to Mrs. W.C. Murray thanking her for a gift of socks, 1917. [108]


Women volunteers with sugar ration books, c. 1943. [109]
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Giving thanks, 1918. [110]
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Rose Golden in the War Mothers' Association uniform, 1944. [111]
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The 65th Overseas Battalion Regimental Band and Orchestra to perform at Saskatoon's Strand Theatre, 1916. [112]
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Promoting war savings in Saskatoon, c. 1943. [113]


The Military District No. 12 Band on stage to Saskatoon's Capitol Theatre, c. 1944. [114]


Aliens interned at Petawawa, Ontario airing their bedding, ca. 1917. Individuals considered a threat to the security of the country were confined to special camps where their activities could be monitored. [115]

One group that performed an important service both at home and overseas was the chaplaincy. These clergy attended to both the spiritual and temporal welfare of those men and women serving with the armed forces at training facilities as well as at the front.



Captain Edmund H. Oliver taught history and economics before becoming the principal of St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon. During the Great War he served as chaplain to the 196th Battalion and the Canadian Training School and Trench Warfare School at Benhill-on-Sea, England. He also launched the University of Vimy Ridge while in England.


Post card of E.H. Oliver addressing Canadian troops and the citizens and children of Benhill-on-Sea, Empire Day, 1917. [116]



Rev. Noah Warnke,OMI was a chaplain with the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1946. In addition to serving overseas at the Canadian Service Hospital in southern England, he served in Brandon, MB, Calgary, AB, and German POW camps in northern Ontario and Alberta. [117]

Rev. Eugene Cullinane, CSB, while teaching philosophy and economics at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon, also served as chaplain to the RCAF in Saskatoon (1941-1944) and Ottawa (1944-1945). [118]



Rev. Denis J. Mulcahey served in the RCAF chaplaincy in Sydney, BC and as priest at St. Paul's Cathedral, Saskatoon. [119]

Monsignor Alexandre Leslie, a full-time Chaplain in the Canadian Army from March 15, 1944 to August 31, 1946, served overseas briefly before the end of World War II. [120]



Reverend Stanley Joseph Raczynski served as a part-time Air Force Chaplain at the base in Prince Albert during World War II. [121]

Monsignor Joseph Arsène St. Pierre, a Chaplain in the Canadian Army from 1941 to 1946, served overseas from 1943 to 1946. [122]


Photo of Canadian Overseas Catholic Chaplains on New Year's greeting card from Bishop C.L. Nelligan to Bishop Reginal Duprat, January 20, 1941. [123]


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