November 11th marks Remembrance Day, a time to remember those who have served in the armed forces—including a little known group called the Canadian Forestry Corps.
It is somewhat fitting that this Corps served in Europe—after all, the roots of the Canadian forest products industry as an export sector go back to the Napoleonic wars of the early 1800s when Britain first turned to its colonies for the square timbers needed for its burgeoning navy.
The forest products industry was a dominating economic force in Canada's early history so it's no surprise that it had an important role in the first and second world wars. And it's an interesting yarn.
On February 16, 1916 British Colonial Secretary, Andrew Bonar Law, made a request of the Governor General of Canada to deploy Canadian lumbermen to aid in the cutting and processing of timber. Later that year, the Canadian Forestry Corps was created.
Source: Tree Talk Blog