'This Is Our War, Too': Mary Dover, Commandant of the Canadian Women's Army Corps

Title'This Is Our War, Too': Mary Dover, Commandant of the Canadian Women's Army Corps
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsThrift, Gayle
JournalAlberta History
Volume59
Issue3
Start Page2
Pagination2-12
Abstract

During World War II, Canadian women, for the first time, were enlisted in the military to help win the war against fascism. Mary Julia Dover was among the first to enlist in the Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC); by the time she retired on VE-Day she was the second highest ranking officer in the corps. She was Commandant of the CWAC Training Centre at Kitchener, Ontario, went on to receive senior officers' training in the United Kingdom, and conducted a cross-Canada speaking tour in 1944 to encourage young women to enlist. Her commitment, intelligence, and charismatic personality would inspire many to do so. In 1946, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire in recognition of her leadership, dedication, and contribution to the war effort.

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