Autumn 2014 / Cover Story / Feature
Changed by War

A century ago, the First World War changed Canadian society profoundly, and transformed the University of Toronto no less


LEFT: COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES P1984-0260.(02)

The 1917 Varsity War Supplement

The First World War changed Canadian society profoundly, and transformed the University of Toronto no less. A quiet teaching university became first a military training camp for thousands of young volunteers, then a research powerhouse as buildings, resources and brilliant minds were turned over to the greater war effort.

These collected vignettes follow commemorate the diverse contributions made a century ago by the U of T community during the war. They offer a window into private moments, acts of kindness, bravery and personal sacrifice. Above all, they illustrate a common commitment to find reasons for hope even in a time of loss.

Read all the stories in this series: The University of Toronto and the First World War

COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES A1980-0030/002 (40) >“Nothing Lacking but the Roar of Battle”
farmbadge_90 >Farmerettes Help at Home
Guelph Museums >Forgotten Warriors: Animals at War
Image Courtesy Sanofi Pasteur Canada (Connaught Campus) Archives, Toronto >Waging War on Infection
Caley Tessier >Objects of Salvation
University of Toronto Archives B1975-0015/010P (11) or (38) >An Artist at War
bantingletter_90 >Letter From the Front

Reader Comments

# 1
Posted by Tim 2005 on September 24th, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

There is a great charity started by U of T Alum (many of whom were students at the time of the founding) called Canadian Hero Fund (http://www.herofund.ca). The organization supports Canadian Military Families. You may want to look into doing a story on this organization, it has many ties to the university. Chancellor Michael Wilson is an Honourary Patron of the organization, as well as Hon. Bill Graham.

# 2
Posted by Glenn Walker BA%201980 on October 23rd, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

Has the magazine done a similar series “Changed by War” on U of T’s involvement in the Battle of Ridgeway? The Battle and the threat of Fenian invasion was a major factor that led to Confederation the following year in 1867. The battle involved U of T students and there is a memorial to the battle and the U of T students adjacent to the university on Queen’s Park Circle. Three U of T students died in the battle.

http://www.canadian-universities.net/News/Press-Releases/November_10_2006_Citys_oldest_war_memorial_undergoing_restoration.html
http://www.dittwald.com/torontosculpture/image.php?Artist=Reid&Title=Canadian%20Volunteer%20Monument
http://www.ridgewaybattle.ca/

# 3
Posted by Scott Anderson on October 23rd, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

In response to Glenn Walker’s comment: No, to my knowledge, the magazine has never published a story on the Battle of Ridgeway. But it’s an interesting idea — perhaps on the 150th anniversary of the battle in 2016!

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