In photos: Remembering Queen’s contribution to WWI

Queen's war efforts during World War 1 through photos from the past.

Queen’s Arts students pose outside the hospital in Cairo, Egypt in 1917. 
Credit: 
Queen's University Archives

At the dawn of World War I, the European powers and their allies came together to defend themselves and their country against the threat of war. Canada and Queen’s were no exception.

More than 1,500 Queen’s students, both men and women, served on the front. Many engineering students joined the Fifth and Sixth Field Company Engineers setting up camp on the battlefields.  The 46th, 50th and 72nd Battery in France and England were all completely comprised of Queen’s students. Queen’s students were also responsible for setting up and running war hospitals in Cairo, England and on campus in Kingston. 

Women from Queen’s won a Royal Red Cross of the First Class and a Royal Red Cross of the Second Class and men from Queen’s won seventeen different awards for distinguished service.  

In total, 189 Queen’s students lost their lives overseas.

All of the photos below have been supplied by Queen’s University Archives or through The Queen's Journal archives. 

The section label of a war feature in the 1917 Queen’s yearbook.

A list of engineering students who served during the year 1919.

Grant Hall was used as a military hospital on campus in 1918.

Two wounded soldiers at Queen’s in 1916.

Queen’s medical students stationed in Cairo in 1918.

Queen’s students outside Kingston hospital in 1914.

A Queen’s military hospital, decorated for Christmas in 1918.

The front page of The Queen’s Journal on January 26, 1915.

A cartoon strip from volume 42 of The Queen’s Journal in 1915 entitled 'A thought of those who have answered the call'.

An illustration of a Queen’s soldier printed in volume 42 of The Journal.

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