Sacrifice at Home
A war fought in an industrial age takes its toll not only on the battlefield,
but also in the homelands of the participants. The weapons as well as the soldiers
of the war must be fed. And, the soldiers who had worked on farms, factories,
shops or offices were no longer at home to do that important work.
So, as well as being encouraged to enlist or allow a son or husband to join the
fight, Canadians were encouraged to donate money to a variety of war funds, bonds
and charities. And, they were expected to do their patriotic duty and conserve
food, fuel, metals and other materials for use in manufacturing shells, guns
Canadian commodity prices rose but inflation eroded families' buying power. And,
while employment was on the upswing, prices rose faster than wages.