New Page – Veterans Guard of Canada

Well after a lengthy break, I am back at it. I’ve added a new page to the website dedicated to the Veterans Guard of Canada. This is the start of what I hope to be a larger section that will provide more information about the Veterans Guard and its members while also providing some resources for those interested in learning more.

Winnipeg Tribune, October 1, 1942

The Veterans Guard of Canada was formed in May 1940 in response to the threat of foreign invasion. The unit consisted primarily of First World War veterans who were deemed too old for overseas service so they were instead placed in charge of maintaining security and discipline at internment camps in Canada. To learn more, click on the link at the top of the page or click here!

Lastly, while the Veterans Guard members were supposed to be under fifty years of age, this wasn’t always the case. Eager to enlist, veterans frequently lied about their age so that they could “do their bit.” As this newspaper article from the Winnipeg Tribune suggests, men of all ages tried to enlist!




Published by Michael O'Hagan

Historian studying German Prisoners of War in Canada during the Second World War

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