What is this?Many of the First World War Canadian troop departure camps took photographs of soldiers prior to their leaving for Europe. While in some circumstances only senior officers were photographed there were also a large number of company, battalion and regiment photographs produced as panoramas. These were often well produced and full of detail, the ability to see individual faces amongst the mass of individuals illustrating the huge numbers of people involved in the conflict.
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The panoramas also show that it was not just soldiers but large numbers of support personnel who contributed to the war effort. In this photograph we see the men and women of the No. 7 Stationary Hospital posing for their photograph before they left Nova Scotia for France. The No. 7 Stationary Hospital was active in England and France from 1916 and treated over 60,000 sick and wounded.
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- Susan Grayzel
Professor Susan R Grayzel studies the range of roles women carried out in World War One within domestic labour, waged industrial labour, and military nursing and doctoring.