Today it is hard to comprehend the number of lives that were touched and lost by the First World War. But it strikes close to home to think of just one group from one high school in Victoria.
The Victoria High School building that still stands on Grant Street was opened on May 1, 1914. Three months later, on August 4, Britain declared war on Germany. Canada, as part of the British Empire, was automatically at war, and teachers and graduates of Vic High began to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In all some 500 teachers and former students of Vic High went to war, and more than 80 died in the conflict.Photos and stories of some of the soldiers from Victoria High School, as well as digitized primary sources, newspaper articles and service rolls can be found on the website “Victoria High School in the Great War. http://victoriahighandthegreatwar.weebly.com/
A powerful way to honour and remember the contribution of these residents of Victoria to the war and to our country is through an event November 10, 2015 at Victoria High School. It's at 7 pm and includes a 60-minute performance of Mary's Wedding, followed by a talk by Barry Gough, author of From Classroom to Battlefield, Victoria High School and the First World War.
For information about the event, see http://www.pov.bc.ca/maryswedding.html