A Church at War: MacKay Presbyterian Church, New Edinburgh, and the First World War (Mercury) (Paperback)

A Church at War: MacKay Presbyterian Church, New Edinburgh, and the First World War (Mercury) By Alan Bowker, Pierre Desrosiers (Editor) Cover Image
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One hundred and forty-one people from MacKay Presbyterian Church, in Ottawa, served in the First World War. This is an astonishing record, but one that was by no means uncommon in Canada.

Why did these men, their families, and their church enlist in this great war for "justice, truth, and righteousness, and for the Glory of God"? What was the impact of war on the surviving soldiers as they and their families adjusted to a changed world, to permanent injuries and to painful memories?

This study of the experience of one church at war weaves together the stories of soldiers on the battlefields of Europe with those of the families who waited and prayed, enduring privation, fear, loneliness, and grief.

It centres on the 19 men who fell in the war -- some as heroes in desperate battles, others with tragic randomness or from illness, several with no known graves -- and the widows they left to cope as best they could, the children who grew up without fathers, and the families who mourned their loss even as they took pride in their sacrifice.

Using new methods including online research and the tools of genealogical study to bring to life people who did not leave a rich legacy of information on their lives and families, this study of a church at war deepens our understanding of the social history of Canada's participation in the First World War, and provides a model for research on churches, communities, and institutions.

About the Author

Alan Bowker was born in Medicine Hat and educated in Winnipeg, Toronto, Chatham, N.J., and Oakville, Ont. He holds a BA in history and English and an MA and PhD in Canadian history, all from the University of Toronto. He is the author of A Time Such as There Never Was Before: Canada After the Great War, he edited two collections of essays by Stephen Leacock, and has written many essays and articles. His academic studies, his teaching experience, and his career in foreign affairs have all reinforced his conviction that Canadians need to know their history if we are to understand who we are and why our experience matters in the world.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780776642154
ISBN-10: 0776642154
Publisher: Mercury-Mercure
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 428
Language: English
Series: Mercury

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