Table of contents



Section One—Albertains at War: The Military

An Old Soldier Fades Away: Major General Sir Sam Steele in the First World War
Rod Macleod

Raymond Brutinel and the Genesiss of Modern Mechanized Warfare
Juliette Champagne and Major (Retd.) Joahn Matthews

While You Were Away: Alberta’s First World War Aviation History
Patricia Myers

Building on the Home Front: Armouries and Other Infrastructure
Kathryn Ivany

Aboriginal Alberta and the First World War
L. James Dempsey

Scattered by the Whirlwind: Alberta Chaplains and the Great War
Duff Crerar

The Experiences of Lethbridge Men Overseas, 1914–1918
Brett Clifton

Sid Unwin’s War
Michale Lang

Alberta Remittance Men in the Great War
Ryan Flavelle

The Effects of the First World War on the Franco–European Immigrants of Alberta
Juliette Champagne

The Little Institution that Could: The University of Alberta and the First World War
David Borys

The Gospel of Sacrifice: Lady Principal Nettie Burkholder and Her Boys at the Front
Adriana A. Davies

Medical Contributions of Albertans in the First World War: Raising to the Challenge
J. Robert Lampard

Harold and Emma McGill: A War–Front Love Story
Antonella Fanella

Private Stephen Smith and His Trench Art Belts
Allan Kerr and Doug Styles

Section Two—The Home Front: Context and Meaning

Enthusiasm Embattled: Alberta 1916
Duff Crerar

Ordinary Life in Alberta in the First World War
Aritha van Herk

"O Valiant hearts who to your glory day came": Protestant Responses to Alberta’s Great War
Norman Knowles

Alberta Women in the First World War: A Genius for Organization
Adriana A. Davies

Armageddon: Alberta Newspapers and the Outbreak of the Great War, 1914
David Joseph Glalant

Edmonton’s Local Heroes
Stephen Greenhalgh

Voices of War: The Press and the Personal
Jeff Keshen

From Local to National: Pictorial Propaganda in Alberta During the First World War
Catherine C. Cole

The Bosworth Expedition: An Early Petroleum Survey
Peter Mckenzie–Brown

Section Three—Communities at War

The First World War as a Local Experience: Mobilization, Citizen Voluntary Support and Memorializing the Sacrifice in Lethbridge, Alberta
Robert Rutherdale

Red Deer and the First World War
Michael Dawe

Threads of Life: The 1917 Waskatenau Signature Quilt
Adriana A. Davies, Sean Moir, and Anthony Worman

Calgary’s Grand Theatre in the Great War
Donald B. Smith

Student Life on the University of Alberta Campus During the Great War
Jarett Henderson

Under Siege: The CEF Attack on the RNWMP Barracks in Calgary, October 1916
P. Whitney Lackenbauer

Canada’s First national Interment Operations and the Search for Sanctuary in the Ukrainian Labour Farmer Temple Association
Kassandra Luciuk

Conscientious Objectors in Alberta in the First World War
Amy J. Shaw

Section Four—Aftermath

War, Public Health and the 1918 "Spanish" Influenza Pandemic in Alberta
Mark Osborne Humphries

Applying Modernity: Local Government and the 1919 Federal Housing Scheme in Alberta
Donald G. Wethrell

Soldier Settlement in Alberta, 1917–1931
Allan Rowe

First World War Centennial Commemoration in Alberta Museums
Rory Cory

Appendix: Alberta Formations Raised in the First World War

List of Contributors


Adriana A. Davies is a writer, editor, and poet, and is the founding executive director of the Heritage Community Foundation. Jeff Keshen is dean of arts at Mount Royal University.

Readers will come away from this collection with a deeper appreciation of the different ways that the First World War and its aftermath shaped the lives of Albertans. For many, these four tumultuous years represented a time of individual valour and of communities pulling together and sacrificing for a noble cause. Yet, for others, the war left disillusionment and anger. Exploring these regional and local stories, as well as the national story, helps us understand the commonalities and distinctiveness of what it means to be Canadian. The Frontier of Patriotism is the most comprehensive treatment of Alberta during these critical, transformational years.


  • Winner, Gold Medal, BPAA Alberta Publishing Award for Book Design 2017
  • Winner, Gold Medal, Pub West Design Awards: Historical or Biographical Book 2017


The Frontier of Patriotism is a terrific addition to scholarship of the Great War, and a welcome companion to the many broader histories that have previously been written.

—Mark Collin, Canada's History Magazine