Mobilizing for War
By Wilfrid Bovey
Before July, 1914, was over, militia regiments all through the country were alerted for the coming trial by battle. The source of power was a human atomic engine whom hundreds of us had met, Colonel Sam Hughes of Lindsay, Ontario, the Minister of Militia.
“Sam” was first, last and all the time a Canadian. He was also an equalitarian. He put on no airs of superiority. Even after he had been made a knight and made himself a major-general, a lieutenant who knew him would still call him “Sam”.
A few years ago the Premier of Ontario, a veteran of World War I, said to me, “If you ever write those war memoirs, who would you say had played the greatest single part in the Canadian effort?” After a little thought I replied, “Sam Hughes...