The end of WW1 saw a proliferation of veterans groups and regimental associations working to help returned soldiers in Canada. Their fragmented efforts did not lead to great success. Several groups came together to form the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League in 1926. This history is evident on the facade of the Canadian Legion Calgary (Alberta No. 1) Branch at 116 – 7 Avenue SE.
The Calgary branch of the Great War Veterans’ Association of Canada formed in 1917. Its membership grew and it soon outgrew its rented facilities. In 1919, the city donated land and on 9 September the Prince of Wales broke sod for construction of a Memorial Hall. The building, with club rooms for Great War Veterans’ Association, opened in 1922. The GWVA later joined the Canadian Legion.
Historian Desmond Morton’s Dissolving Canada’s Great War Army outlines some of the politics of demobilization.
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