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Valentines: Read First World War love letters online

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Feb 14, 2014 - 10:06 AM |
The Archives of Ontario has made the letters between a First World War soldier fighting in France and his lady love back home available for reading online. Supplied photo.

The Archives of Ontario has made the letters between a First World War soldier fighting in France and his lady love back home available for reading online. Supplied photo.

The Archives of Ontario is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War with a series of exhibits that show the impact the war had on the people of Ontario.

A new online exhibit starts the series by showcasing the letters that office worker Sadie Arbuckle and soldier Harry Mason wrote to each other before and during the war, until Mason was killed in action in 1917.

Harry's letters about life as a soldier and Sadie's letters about life at home provide a detailed and emotional contrast between their experiences.

A travelling exhibit will also be featured at museums and cultural centres across Ontario starting in June followed by a final exhibit at the Archives of Ontario in the fall. Exhibits will feature donated items such as diaries, letters and photographs as well as posters and art. Dates and locations will be posted on the Archives of Ontario website.

QuickFACTS

The First World War began July 28, 1914 and ended Nov. 11, 1918. 


More than 628,000 Canadians served in the First World War, which left 66,573 Canadians dead and 138,166 wounded.

Since 1903, the Archives of Ontario has been the premier source of information about the history of the province and its people.

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