40% of Canadians unaware of country's role in First World War

The tomb of the unknown soldier is seen with poppies at the National War Monument in Ottawa Nov 7,...

The tomb of the unknown soldier is seen with poppies at the National War Monument in Ottawa Nov 7, 2011. (ANDRE FORGET /QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:05 AM ET

A new poll shows 40% of Canadians have no idea what role Canada played in the First World War.

Even worse, 8% of those respondents said they don't think Canada took part at all.

"In many ways, the First World War represents the moment when Canada first made its mark on the world stage and really came of age as a nation," family historian and Ancestry.ca representative Lesley Anderson said in a press release.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, but just 54% of respondents were of aware this fact.

While 619,636 Canadians enlisted to fight in the war, 36% of Canadians today said they have no idea if a family member fought in either of the world wars.

Ancestry.ca conducted the online poll of 1,025 Canadians in June. It has a margin of error of three percentage points.


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