VICTORY BONDS WILL HELP STOP THIS KULTUR VS. HUMANITY.

Item

Title

VICTORY BONDS WILL HELP STOP THIS
KULTUR VS. HUMANITY.

Description

An original Canadian propaganda poster designed to encourage the purchase of Victory bonds, depicts a serviceman in uniform floating in the sea clutching a female nurse in one arm while shaking his fist at surfacing German submarine in the background.
Among the waves can be seen a lifebuoy with the name Llandovery Castle, referring to the HMHS (Her Majesty's Hospital Ship) Llandovery Castle, which was torpedoed while travelling from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool, UK on June 27th 1918.
The loss of life was great, including 14 nurses, and the subsequent machine-gunning of survivors in life rafts resulted in the sinking of HMHS Llandovery Castle as one of the worst atrocities and Canada's worst naval disaster of World War I.
One of the nurses who perished on that day was Mae Bell Sampson, who was the first nurse from Hamilton, Ontario to enlist in the war, and was known for her compassion with patients. A plaque at the Hamilton General Hospital helps us remember Sampson and her sacrifice to this day.

Date

c. 1918

Medium

Paper, ink

Provenance

Generously donated by Christine Wildman to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Extent

91cm x 60cm (36 x 24 in.)

Type

Featured

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