Nova Scotia Archives

Nova Scotia and the First World War

This area of the Nova Scotia Archives' website commemorates the province's contributions to and losses sustained in 'The War to End All Wars'. New digital content is added each year, at the time of the November tributes.


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No. 2 Construction Battalion: Nominal Roll

The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), No. 2 Construction Battalion, was the only Canadian battalion composed of Black soldiers to serve in the First World War, and the only predominantly Black battalion ever in Canadian military history. The Nominal Roll of Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men, No. 2 Construction Battalion (March 1917), provides fully-searchable access to significant biographical and family information about these enlisted men and officers.

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Letters Home: Correspondence from the First World War - Angus L. Macdonald

Letters, photographs and maps telling the story of Angus L. Macdonald, Nova Scotia’s legendary premier, 'at the front' in war-time France.

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An Act of Remembrance: First World War Publicity Posters at the Nova Scotia Archives

In a world predating radio, television and the Internet, large, brightly-coloured propaganda posters began appearing across Canada immediately after the declaration of war on 4 August 1914 – the highly visible manifestation of a government strategy designed to influence public thought and action. The posters were produced initially to encourage military enlistment, but their themes quickly expanded to include building public support for war industries, food production and the sale of war or 'Victory' savings bonds.

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The Royal Canadian Navy: First Half Century, 1910-1967

The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy, formally established in 1910 at Halifax on the East Coast, and at Esquimalt on Vancouver Island, on the West Coast. We are pleased to celebrate this year's landmark occasion by presenting 100 images that collectively tell the story of the navy's first half-century — from its earliest and formative years to Canada's Centennial Celebrations in 1967.

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