First World War Honour Rolls
In the First World War, Canada experienced a publishing boom of memorial volumes known as Honour Rolls (or Rolls of Honour) that sought to preserve the names and faces of those who died overseas. Canadiana.org is digitizing these titles to help Canadians understand the attitudes, behaviours, and rituals of a society experiencing bereavement and trauma on a mass scale.
Honour rolls were selected for digitization and preservation as a record of Canadian cultural memory from an era that coped with loss in unprecedented ways, with the bereaved being deprived of the physical remains of loved ones buried overseas. Many volumes come prefaced with hagiographic tributes to the dead, transforming the work of mourning into a language of patriotism - the courage, sacrifice, duty, and religious zeal of the dead imposing specific social and political obligations on the living. As historians have noted, this "cult of the dead" wove its way into the national mythology and formed a powerful component of interwar Canadian identity, notably in English Canada.
The following titles are a narrow cross-section of a vast body of commemorative books and pamphlets issued by virtually every Canadian city, parish, school, and professional organization whose members enlisted in the Canadian contingent in the First World War.
Overseas Record (Queen’s University, 1917?)
McGill Honour Roll, 1914-18 (c.1926)
Roll of Honour (Winnipeg Electric Railway Company, 1917?)
"Roll of Honour" in Langley Dominion Day Festival (Langley, BC, 1917?)
Record of service, 1914-1918 (University of British Columbia, 1924)
Roll of Honour (Corporation of Land Surveyors of the Province of British Columbia, 1919?)
The Golden Book (Canadian Military Institute, 1927)
University of Toronto Roll of Service, 1914-1918 (1921) New!