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DAVIS, ALICE CATHARINE – Volume XIV (1911-1920)

d. 28 March 1915 in Saint John

Sir John A. Macdonald

From the Red River Settlement to Manitoba (1812–70)

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Sir George-Étienne Cartier


The Fenians

Women in the DCB/DBC

The Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences of 1864

Introductory Essays of the DCB/DBC

The Acadians

For Educators

The War of 1812 

Canada’s Wartime Prime Ministers

The First World War

The Generals


This extract from the biography of Sir Edwin Alfred Hervey ALDERSON illustrates a few of the problems he encountered:

“Alderson found the [Canadian Expeditionary Force] ill-equipped and untrained, with many weak officers. In a few cold, rain-sodden months on Salisbury Plain, he did what he could to put things right, dismissing some of [Minister of Militia and Defence Samuel] Hughes’s chosen officers and replacing useless Canadian-made equipment with British issue. Inadvertently he made an enemy of Hughes’s representative in England.”

To learn more about the difficulties Alderson and other high-ranking officers encountered, please consult the list of biographies.

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