Photographs from the Canadian War Memorials Fund


These four photographs are from the Canadian War Memorials Fund collection. The Fund was set up to illustrate the efforts of Canadian soldiers on the front lines as well as raise money, by holding exhibitions of the photographs, for the erection of memorials to Canadian troops. In total there are 1,772 photographs in these volumes, documenting the life and routines of soldiers from training to service on the front lines.

The Colonial Copyright Collection of Canadian photographs

This collection covers the period 1895-1924, meaning it contains many photographs relating to the conflicts Canada was involved in during this time. The photographs were received by the British Museum Library (now part of the British Library) as part of the copyright process for Canadian intellectual property that existed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In total over 4,000 photographs were received and the content of the collection is wide ranging as well as surprising. While photographs relating to the Second South African War (1899-1902) are relatively few there is a large amount of material directly and indirectly related to the First World War (1914-1918). Many of these photographs are of troops and service personnel as they are about to leave for Europe, but there are also images of Canada's home front efforts, the effects of the war on Canadian citizens and examples of Canadian's humorous approach to some aspects of the conflict. A large part of the Colonial Copyright Collection is comprised of four volumes of photographs copyrighted by the Canadian War Memorials Fund.

Full title:
Canadian Official War Photographs
Canadian War Records Office
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Held by:
British Library
© Canada. Patent and Copyright Office, Library and Archives Canada
L.R.233.b.57 Vol. 1

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