Canada and the First World War

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Demobilization
Canadian soldiers undergo health inspections as part of the demobilization process in 1919. Medical personnel checked for a variety of ailments, including venereal disease, and held back afflicted soldiers until they were cured. These examinations were especially important in light of the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, which killed millions worldwide and approximately 50,000 in Canada.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19940003-473