April 4 – April 29, 2017
Law Students and Lawyers at Vimy – We Remember
Ontario Law Student Lt GG May
Killed in Action 9 April 1917
Curated by E. Patrick Shea, LSM
…the barren earth erupted humanity. From dugouts, shell holes and trenches, men sprang into action, fell into military formations and advanced to the ridge – every division of the corps moved forward together. It was Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific on parade. I thought then, and I think today, that in those few minutes, I witnessed the birth of a nation
–Brigadier-General Hon Alexander Ross, OC, CMG, DSO & Bar, VD, QC
This exhibition remembers the service and sacrifice of the dozens of law students and lawyers who served at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April of 1917. Curator Patrick Shea tells the brave and poignant stories of these young men, and reflects upon the Canadian legal profession’s contribution to World War I. The Battle of Vimy Ridge continues to live in the hearts and minds of Canadians, especially during this month of April, in the 100th anniversary year.
The exhibition is in the ballroom of Campbell House Museum, which looks out over Toronto’s legal precinct and Osgoode Hall, home of the Law Society of Upper Canada. It was at this intersection of Queen and University that the City of Toronto originally proposed Vimy Circle, a monumental plan of curved buildings and radiating streets that would have radically altered the city that we know today.
Patrick Shea, LSM is a Partner at Gowling WLG. He served as an officer in the Canadian Forces Reserves and was the person behind the 2014 grant of honorary calls to 58 Ontario law students killed in World War I.