They Fought in Colour is a photographic exploration of Canada’s First World War experience presented for the first time in full, vibrant colour.
They Fought in Colour is a photographic exploration of Canada’s First World War experience presented for the first time in full, vibrant colour, with commentary from some of our country’s leading public figures, including Paul Gross, Peter Mansbridge, Margaret Atwood, Tim Cook, and many others.
Canadians today see the First World War largely through black and white photography. Colourizing these images brings a new focus to our understanding and appreciation of the role Canada played during the First World War. It makes the soldier in the muddy trench, the nurse in the field hospital, and those who waited for them at home come to life. Immediately, their expressions, mannerisms, and feelings are familiar. They become real. They Fought in Colour is a new look at Canada’s experience during the Great War. A more accessible look. A more contemporary look.
Foreword — Paul Gross
Chapter 1: Training and Preparation — The Honourable Serge Joyal, P.C.
Chapter 2: The Battlefield — Timothy C. Winegard
Chapter 3: War and Medicine — Tim Cook
Chapter 4: Life in the Trenches — Charlotte Gray
Chapter 5: Communications — Rick Hansen
Chapter 6: Sports and Entertainment — Stephen Brunt
Chapter 7: Technology and Innovation — Lee Windsor
Chapter 8: Life Behind the Lines — Hugh Brewster
Chapter 9: The Homefront — Margaret Atwood
Chapter 10: Coming Home — R.H. Thomson
Afterword — Peter Mansbridge
On September 17, 2018, Her Honour the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, hosted a reception to launch They Fought in Colour. Thank you to all our colleagues, alumni, supporters and friends of the Foundation who attended. Please click here to view the photo gallery from this event.
This project was made possible thanks to the generous financial, creative and communication engagement of these institutions.
Thank you to our generous sponsors whose contributions helped shaped the Centennial Park.
In Memory of Lieutenant Leslie Miller
a great Canadian, whose deep understanding of history afforded him a profound appreciation of the valour and the gritty determination displayed by his countrymen at Vimy.
The people of Manitoba, Canada will never forget the many who fought and died for our freedom.
Donated by the Province of New Brunswick
Asseyez-vous. Enjoy the view of freedom they would insist. John Adie RFA 1914-18.
Perpetuated by: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
Remembered by their loving families and friends.
In loving memory of grandfather Pte. Hugh MacDougall, 1/1st Lovat’s Scouts Yeomanry Wounded at Gallipoli, Sept., 1915. Je Suis Prest.
in memory of those who served.
On behalf of Husky Injection Molding Systems
We shall never forget their service and sacrifice.
remembers those Albertans who served their country in the First World War, and subsequent wars.
We would like to thank our generous donors who helped bring this memorial to life with their kind contributions.
In memory of Thomas Wilson, 196th Battalion CEF
We will remember them. Forever grateful, the Tattersall family and Heathbridge Capital Management
In memory of Frederick Thomas Lodge & John (Jack) Fraser
in loving memory of of our grandfather Wilfrid J. Fagan
In memory of Graham Burton
In Honour of James R. Sutherland Sr. 44th Bn(Manitoba)
In memory of LT T.J. Taylor, Cpl R. Anderson, and Pte W. Coolen
in memory of Gunner Arthur Vickers and Private Arthur Fordham
In loving memory of our ancestors who sacrificed for us all.
In honour of Corporal Samuel Lester Kelsall 58th Battalion 9th MGC 3rd Division
Remembering Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives For Ours
We Will Remember You.
Dedicated on behalf of the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation, to all that rest upon this sacred Canadian land in France. We encourage all and especially, the world’s youth, to gaze upon its beauty and understand that the oak tree is a symbol of Bravery, Power, Protection and Truth. Please remember their sacrifices and the strength it took to defend us. We hope all will make a pledge, when they stand before it, to remember. May they be commemorated forever and our gratitude infinite. Peace be with you.
In memory of Robert Charles Peacock
In Memory of Lieutenant Leslie Miller
in memory of Pte Harry Franklin Ritz (78th Bn)
Thank you for your Gift of Freedom.
Truth, Duty, Valour / Vérité, Devoir, Vaillance
“But honor the sacred mem’ry / Of those who for honor tried” Frank S. Brown, The Pats, 1915.
In memory of Lieutenant Henry (Harry) George Reginald Mews
In loving memory of Lieutenant Maurice Alexander Jaques, lost Sept 3, 1916
In memory of Dr. W.R. Harwood
honours Sergeant Winfred (Fred) Alexander Glover, 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry
In memory of the brave souls who fought for our freedoms. We owe you immeasurable Gratitude.
in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel John H. Chipman, MC, VD
In memory of our beloved servicemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Requiescat in pace.
salute their perpetuated CEF battalions – 3rd, 15th, 58th, 83rd, 92nd, 95th, 123rd, 124th, 134th, 166th, 170th, 198th, 204th and 255th. We will remember them!
In honour of Private G. R. Mowforth
in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon M. Wyant, OC, CD, QHP
In memory of Major John Francis Costigan, 50th Battalion infantry. April 4th 1917 Canada.
To honour ARLINGTON CLARKE and the many brave Canadians who fought at Vimy Ridge.
in memory of Flight Lieutenant John Harvie Wiley
In memory of Pvt William Arthur Wilcox, 15th Bn, lost at Festubert, France May 21, 1915
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