Daniel T.

Elliston, Newfoundland and Labrador

Vista Regional Heritage Fair

Newfoundlanders In The Trenches of the First World War

The First World War was a time unlike no other in Newfoundland, it saw men by the hundreds and thousands enlist for something they may never come back from. It was a time of bravery and gallantry that should not be forgotten. So for my project, I talk about the things Newfoundlanders had to face in the trenches of the First World War and how they were honoured in the end.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

As years have gone by, our recollections of past events become faded. This means that if the story of the Newfoundlanders struggles during the war is not preserved, we may never remember what a service they have done for us. One of my goals with my project was to share what I could uncover on the First World War. I wanted to prove that their sacrifice should not be forgotten and how we can learn from the past.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I collect many different types of World War memorabilia. So when I could link back a Victory Medal to its origin and owner, it helped me imagine what war was like through a soldier's eyes and how the experience changes people.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

To put it simply: vastly improved. If it wasn't for the soldiers that made the sacrifice they did, the world wouldn't be like it is today. It is because of what they did that we can live, as Canadians and as a whole, in a place of peace and harmony.