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The West Canadian Army: A Legacy of Service

     A West Canadian Soldier      From the time of the British acquisition of Canada, military service to the Crown has been a constant sign of our patriotic devotion. Early militias were formed in times of conflict, serving along side the British Army. With the formation of the first professional army in 1850, the foundation for our West Canadian Army was formed.      With the Confederation of Canada in 1867, the strength and versatility of the Canadian military increased dramatically. By 1869, the Canadian Militia consisted of 37,170 men under arms and 618,896 in reserve. In the years and conflicts to come, many Canadians would be called to service not just domestically, but throughout the Empire. Over 7,000 soldiers would serve in South Africa for the Boer War in 1899, thus proving to the Mother Country the capabilities of the Canadian Army.      In 1914, as war loomed over Europe, Canada answered the call to service by forming the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which consisted of ov