War comes to Wolfville

Wendy Elliott
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Travel back in time in Wolfville this summer.

At the unveilling of the First World War recruiting office, Wolfville Mayor Jeff Cantwell said that the event was the kick off of a summer-long commemoration of Wolfville's experience of the war that began a century ago.

The replica was constructed by Wil Lang of Green Army Design. He worked with co-ordinator Michael Bawtree of the Wolfville Historical Society, who has arranged for a wide-ranging program.

Cantwell said that civic organizations in town mobilized to support the war effort, from the IODE, the Red Cross to the Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls. 

"Volunteers wrapped bandages, knitted socks, made 'ditty bags' of comfort items. Children sewed clothing for Belgian refugees, the Boy Scouts turned their meeting hall into a canteen for military personnel," he said.

Then-Acadia University president George Cutten, who was a Baptist minister, became the province's chief recruiting officer. He travelled by rail throughout the province, giving sermons and encouraging people to sign up for the armed forces.

Some 60 men from Acadia were killed, over 30 from the town and two local women died while serving in medical units.

Weblink http://wolfvillehs.ednet.ns.ca/

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