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Serving King and Country - Transcona's Hometown Heroes
Transcona Historical Museum
Winnipeg , Manitoba


   "Serving King and Country:
Transcona’s Hometown Heroes"
explores the experiences of a
small, tightly knit railway
town whose social
consciousness was forever
changed by the events of WWI
and WWII.
   Transcona, Manitoba began
as an industrial centre for

the railway, home to one of
the largest repair shops in
Western Canada. During both
wars, Transcona railway
workers served King and
Country through their work at
the "Shops". In jobs that
were deemed essential for the
war effort, they helped
maintain a national railway

system that was vital to
transport military troops and
supplies across Canada. They
also worked on secretive
operations that included
manufacturing munitions and
building Canada’s only armour
plated train.
   No family was untouched
by the crisis as over 400 men

from Transcona served in
uniform (WWI) and over 800
men and women enlisted in the
army, navy, air force, and
merchant marine (WWII).
Families supported each
other, those in service, and
the War Efforts Committee as
they sent thousands of
letters and comfort packages

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