Mother / Daughter Book Club
• The Great War: 1914 -18
• For the first time in its history, Canadian forces
fought as a distinct unit under a Canadianborn commander.
• Canada's total casualties stood at 67,000 killed
and 173,000 wounded.
Support Services in War Time
• What other jobs are people involved in during
• Could soldiers survive without these support
Discussion Questions (1)
• When we first meet Charlie, do you have any
indication as to what a fine soldier and loyal
friend he will turn out to be?
• In Chapter 7, as he is under anaesthetic for his
operation, Charlie has a strange dream about
dead cats surrounding him in the water. This is
called ‘foreshadowing’. Why do you think the
author uses this technique?
Discussion Questions (2)
• In Chapter 9, Aunt Maude says “I knew a
German once. Nice enough fellow. As the war
keeps going on, I expect we’ll come to believe
that all Germans are monsters. It’s easy to kill
a monster now, isn’t it? If we thought they
were just like us, with wives and children and
such – well, how would we shoot them?”
How much truth is there in this statement?
Discussion Questions (3)
• In Chapter 12, the C.O. says to Charlie
“... you’re as good a man as you’re ever likely
• Is this true? Is your character ‘set’ by the time
you are fourteen years old? How would
serving in the army change your perception of
Discussion Questions (4)
• In Chapter 18, Charlie gives his ticket to
England to Mac. Do you agree or disagree
with his decision?
Discussion Questions (5)
• Throughout this book, Charlie often lies. Can
we justify lying in certain situations? And is
Charlie’s lying justified throughout this novel?
Discussion Questions (6)
• Why do you think it’s important for us to
observe Remembrance Day?
• Who should be remembered on November
Based on a True Story
• See Fact or Fiction endnote in Charlie Wilcox.
What’s true? What’s not true?
Born in Brigus, NF.
Weighed 2lbs at birth (this is very small!).
Had a club foot.
His father, Samuel Wilcox, was a fine captain.
He did have an operation on his foot.
What happened next?
• Charlie and Claire both attended McGill
University, graduating in 1926.
• Charlie became a doctor.
• They were married and had two sons, a
daughter and six grandchildren.
See Charlie Wilcox’s Great War for more on their
Historical fiction author
Our Canadian Girl series
Charlie Wilcox and Charlie Wilcox’s Great War
New novel: Thunder Over Kandahar
Official War Artist for the Canadian Military;
currently away in the Middle East on
War & Child Soldiers
• ‘Child Soldier’: Under the age of 15 in direct
• Why are children used in war situations?
• Should children be involved in war situations?
• Please see handout for students (red) and
Charlie Wilcox’s Great War by Sharon McKay
Find out what happens when Charlie returns
to Newfoundland, and his adventures in
France during the Great War.
From Charlie Wilcox’s Great War...
“(He was) a good-looking lad, tall and broadbeamed for all his seventeen years. He had
the regal bearings of his father, Captain
Samuel Wilcox, but colouring all his
own, blonde hair with blue, regarding eyes.
Away at war three years, give or take. His
antics at the front were well known. He should
have come home a decorated hero. But
then, maybe it was enough just to come
home.” (p. 2)