OPL Oakville Heritage Moments: Oakville in the First World War
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- This video is part of a series titled 'Oakville Heritage Moments.' Produced by the Oakville Public Library, these videos aim to focus on snapshots of Oakville's history.
- Video written and produced by the Oakville Public Library’s Digital Heritage Assistant, 2017. Narrated by Eric Sillius.
Images courtesy of Oakville Historical Society, Library and Archives Canada, City of Toronto Archives, Wikimedia Commons, and S. Creighton. More historical images of Oakville as well as local history books can be found at the Oakville Historical Society’s website
Music: “The Reunion,” featured on the War Horse soundtrack. Composed by John Williams, 2011.
Special thanks to the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage
- From 1914-1918, the Western World and its imperial allies were engulfed in the first total world war that quickly became known as the ‘Great War’
While the front lines efforts raged on, the home front worked tirelessly to provide support for their troops overseas
Oakville was a small town, at the time, with a population just over 2,500.
Many from the town enlisted to serve their country overseas while the men and women left behind went to work in munitions factories in Toronto and Hamilton to support the war effort
Young women became “farmerettes,” tending to the crops to ensure a good harvest.
Fundraisers were held to provide financial aid for the country’s growing war costs, in order to “keep the home fires burning.”
After the war ended, Oakville welcomed back those overseas with great celebration.
But the town also mourned the loss of 64 local men who fought
Oakville continues to remember the sacrifices of those brave individuals who served throughout the First World War.
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