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Private David Thomas, 1916. Image: Karen Schnerch
To commemorate Remembrance Day this year, the Manitoba Museum is featuring an exhibit entitled A Gift for my Sister.
It features a remembrance of Private David Thomas – a handkerchief embroidered with the words “Honour to Canada,” which Thomas sent to his sister in Manitoba during the First World War. The display can be seen free of charge in the Foyer, Thursdays to Sundays between 11 am and 5 pm from November 5 to January 24,
Image: Manitoba Museum H9-39-91
Private Thomas likely purchased the beautiful handkerchief featured in the display in France. He sent it to his sister Mary Ann, who was living at Peguis Reserve. It is embroidered with emblem of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces – a maple leaf and crown, and the words “Honour to Canada.”
David Thomas was only 18 years old when he left his home at Peguis Reserve to fight in the Great War in Europe in 1916. A year later he was killed in the Battle of Passchendaele, in Belgium.
Over one-third of eligible First Nations men and women in Canada voluntarily enlisted during the First World War and more than 50 First Nations soldiers received recognition for bravery during combat.
This exhibit can be seen for FREE in the Museum Foyer
Thursday to Sunday • 11 am to 5 pm
*Valid for 1 or 2 areas for maximum of 6 people in a group.
Must be redeemed by Military/Veteran/CFOne card holder.
Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotional discount.