FREEMASONRY AND THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

WW1, the war to end all wars, was declared on August 4, 1914 and did not end until November 11th, 1918. Canada was at that time a nation of 8,000,000 people, and raised an armed force of some 650,000 men and women. 65,000 Canadians of all ranks were killed during this conflict.

Masonic Grand Jurisdictions across Canada actively supported the war effort. Thousands of individual Masons from all walks of life volunteered for active service. These Masonic Canadian soldiers fighting overseas regarded their Lodges as symbols of what they were fighting to preserve back home, and were confident that the Lodge would help provide relief for their families if they were killed or wounded.

Many Masonic brethren paid the supreme sacrifice.