Battle of the Somme, 1916: Wounded Soldiers

Wounded soldiers in the trenches at Battle of the Somme

In a bloody battle lasting five months, over one million men were wounded or killed at the Somme. Canada lost one quarter (24, 000 men) of its contingent. However, the event did serve to secure the Canadian soldiers’ reputation as an effective assault force. As Prime Minister of Great Britain, Lloyd George wrote shortly after the battle, "The Canadians played a part of such distinction that thenceforward they were marked out as storm troops; for the remainder of the war they were brought along to head the assault in one great battle after another. Whenever the Germans found the Canadian Corps coming into the line they prepared for the worst."

Photographer unknown. William H. Hammond Fonds, Ontario Archives
F 4436 or F 4436-0-0-0-209
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