The First World War, or the Great War, began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. A Dominion of Britain until 1949, Newfoundlanders answered the call of their country during WW1; close to 12,000 men or fully 10 per cent of the male population served in some capacity, and many woman served overseas as nurses and at home supporting the troops. More than 1,000 were killed and 2,000 injured in the conflict.
As the capital city, St. John's supplied the largest percentage of soldiers and was the home base for the war effort. As ships sailed away from the St. John's Harbour, destined for Europe, many young men caught their last glimpse of their home, and it was to our port that the brave and courageous few returned to pick up their lives and enjoy the freedom their fought so hard for us all to obtain.