Old Enough to Fight Gallery

Between 15,000 and 20,000 underage youths, some as young as ten, signed up to fight in Canada’s armed forces in the First World War. They served in the trenches alongside their elders, and fought in all the major battles: Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, and Passchendaele. Many were injured or suffered psychological wounds. Many died.

The book Old Enough to Fight: Canada’s Boy Soldiers in the First World War, published in hardcover by James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers in 2013 and again in 2015 as a softcover second edition tells their stories, and the small gallery below shows some of their faces. The book can be ordered from the publisher, purchased or ordered at bookstores, or online.