Monday, November 11, 2013

Armistice Day Maps

Armistice Day is commemorated today to mark the armistice signed at the end of World War I. The armistice took effect at the 'eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month' of 1918.

More than 9 million people were killed in World War I, devastating communities in towns and cities across the world. Two Canadian maps, showing the addresses of soldiers killed during the war in Toronto and Ottawa, really help to convey how the war affected nearly every street in these two cities.

The Global News Map shows the addresses of 2,910 soldiers who died in the First World War, who had mappable addresses in the city and surrounding communities (the actual number who died was actually over 4,000). Just by looking at the screenshot of the map above you can tell that there was hardly a family in the city who didn't lose a father, husband, brother or neighbor in the war.

The CBC News Map of Ottawa maps soldiers who died in the First World War with a personal or next of kin address that could be located within the city. At least 776 Ottawans lost their lives in the war, 495 who had mappable addresses. The map again shows how whole communities were devastated by World War I.

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