Why Canadians Volunteered for the War

 

Loyalty to Britain

 

- There were more Imperialists in Canada than either Nationalists or Continentlists

 

- Many Said that Britain needs us and that they owe Britain their loyalty

 

- The Majority of population in Canada was of British heritage

 

Canadian Patriotism

 

- Some nationalists and others joined out of loyalty to Canada

 

- They may not have agreed wit the war by the went to support their country

 

Employment

 

- Between 1900-1913, times were good, lots of money to be made, lots of jobs

 

- Between 1913-1914 there was depression, fewer jobs, crop failures on many farms

 

- Men went to war to pay bills and receive food and shelter

 

Peer Pressure

 

- Many young men joined because of their friends

 

- Sometimes men didn’t enlist and others shunned them

 

- Later in the war, woman handed white feathers to men in the streets, they thought they should be overseas fighting

 

- The feathers embarrassed them in public

 

Adventure

 

- Pre WW1, the idea of war was fun, battles, charges, swords, etc.

 

- War wasn’t as dangerous and there was a code of hour between enemies

 

- Joining the army have many young men a chance to see the world and to get rid of boredom