The Great War
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 19 Oct 1916, p. 210-224


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The Great War


Some of the things the speaker saw and the impressions he received in connection with the great struggle in which we are now engaged, on his recent visit to England and France. The speaker's increased admiration for the British people and his appreciation of their bull-dog determination, perseverance and pluck; also for the officers and men of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. The splendid reputation our Canadian soldiers have made everywhere for themselves and for Canada. Canadian contributions to the war by other professions such as our doctors, our nurses, our engineers, our lumber men, our contractors, etc. Understanding what medical science is doing for our men in this struggle. Canada particularly to the front in special work for the restoration of men who have been broken down from the effects of wounds or sickness, or who are suffering from shock. Medical services received in Canadian hospitals visited in England and France. The Convalescent Homes to which soldiers are sent when they are able to leave the regular hospitals. The lack of complaints by the soldiers. Examples of the splendid spirit these fellows display. All the hospitals visited comfortably and well equipped, with every provision possible under the circumstances made for the convenience of the patients. The Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington, adopted as a model for others. Making the lives of our brave soldiers as comfortable as possible. Clubs and homes set up for soldiers in London, such as the Maple Leaf Club under the direction of Lady Drummond. The need for more of these accommodations. Interest and support from the I.O.D.E. in Canada. The British Fleet. The speaker's visit to the naval shops and yards and submarines at Portsmouth. The success of the employment of women in munition factories and factories generally. Being struck with the great change 100 years had wrought in the character of our fighting ships. The strength and mighty power of the British Navy. Some details of battle. Trying to appreciate what we owe to the navy and to the splendid men that keep the trade routes of the world open, guard the heart of the Empire and enable us to travel in comfort and safety on the high seas. Paying particular tribute to the sailors who man the destroyers and submarines. A visit to the Front; one of intense interest and satisfaction. Witnessing a demonstration of the strength and ever-watchful eye of the British navy. The qualities of Canadians as fighting men and their devotion to duty. The splendid spirit of heroism and devotion exhibited by our Canadian men. Progress of the war. The people of Great Britain setting themselves more strongly to the task. How the speaker's visit and what he saw and experienced impressed upon him the necessity for greater sacrifice, greater earnestness, greater exertion on the part of all of us if we are to measure up to what the Empire and our men in the field have a right to expect of us.