Reflection on WWI’s Aftermath

WHAT IS THERE TO LEARN FROM WWI?

Students will now write a reflective essay on the lessons from WWI and include their personal thoughts on sacrifice and courage of RMR men. See student handout for full details.

The end of the war for veterans and women

  • With the men overseas, women replaced them in certain economic areas. While the women’s rights movement had started before 1914, this economic freedom would foster movements that eventually led to the women’s right to vote starting in 1916.
  • By August 1919- 267,000 Canadian soldiers had been repatriated at the rate of 50,000 soldiers a month by sea.
  • Medical check-ups were performed systematically to prevent spreading of diseases.

Influenza outbreak

  • In 1918, a violent influenza epidemic was accentuated by the return of the soldiers to Canada.
  • The Spanish flu caused the death of 50,000 Canadians, nearly as many as four years of war.

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