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The War's Impact on Families


The loss of his son in battle ruined the relationship of Sir Charles Hibbert TUPPER with Prime Minister Sir Robert Laird Borden:

“The 1914–18 war opened a chasm between Tupper and Borden that would never be bridged. What created the final break was Tupper’s bitterness at the death of his son Victor Gordon at Vimy Ridge in 1917. Tupper had three sons on the Western Front that year. The [fourth] had come back badly wounded in 1915. There were grievances with Borden about all three, but especially about Gordon, for support not given, for promotions not made.”

To find out how soldiers and their families coped with death, injury, and loss, please explore the list of biographies.

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